- act as a resource for private attorneys, legal services programs, social services organizations, community groups, health care professionals, teachers, and others representing poor children or adolescents on a pro bono basis;
- provide information, referrals, technical assistance, or written materials;
- serve as co-counsel in cases affecting a large number of children and families.
NCYL Provides Support to Legal Services Programs
As a state support center, funded in part by the State Bar of California’s IOLTA program, NCYL provides services to qualified legal services programs free of charge.
NCYL attorneys are available to assist advocates representing poor children and adolescents. Our services include:
- discussing individual client cases
- exploring strategic and procedural considerations
- researching and analyzing legal issues
- providing model pleadings and briefs
We provide litigation support, legislative and administrative advocacy, and publications in our priority areas: child welfare/ foster care, juvenile justice, mental health care, and reproductive health care. We can also provide training in those areas, gearing trainings to programs’ specific needs.
For NCYL staff members and their areas of expertise, click here.
NCYL does not:
- provide legal representation to individuals (or represent individuals in court);
- give legal advice on individual cases;
- provide legal information for research projects or academic assignments, although it may be useful to use the site's Search tool (above left) or peruse our Publications for an article on a particular subject, or to visit our Links & Referrals for other organizations.