Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic

Information for Clients

The Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic provides holistic representation to our clients, including representation in dependency matters; advice on immigration, family, education law and juvenile defense work; policy advice on behalf of WSBA Juvenile Law Section. We represent:

  • children & youth,12-18 years old
  • some younger children
  • Court appointed special advocates
  • WSBA Juvenile Law Section
  • dependent children and youth denied the right to counsel in a dependency hearing

We take most of our cases on referral from the Washington Courts and the Department of Social and Health Service, but we will accept cases involving children and youth who have been denied access to an attorney. We are unable to take cases from the general public unless they involve issues of the denial of representation for a child or teenager in the child abuse and neglect system.


As a parent you are entitled to a court-appointed public defender if you are low income and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is seeking to terminate your parental rights or has removed your child from your care.

The following resources may help if you are involved with the dependency system:

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