Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic

Since 1996, CAYAC has been training law students to advocate for children and youth in a variety of state-involved contexts.

Today, CAYAC students represent children and youth in the child welfare and immigration systems. We also represent youth who are homeless and work to advocate for the civil legal needs of queer youth.

Through CAYAC’s Fall Child Advocacy seminar, students also are given the opportunity to extern with a wide variety of practice contexts including, but not limited to:

  • The representation of parents and children in child welfare proceedings
  • Mediation in child welfare contexts
  • Family Law CASA (Guardian ad litem practice in King County Family Court)

CAYAC engages in community service extending beyond our clinic cases:

  • The Court Improvement Training Academy provides interdisciplinary training for judges, lawyers and other key players in the child welfare system, using an innovative, grassroots approach to local leadership known as the Tables of Ten."
  • The Access to Justice Project seeks to expand access to counsel for children and youth in the child welfare system.
  • The Children’s Representation Workgroup, chaired by Professor Kelly, establishes statewide standards and protocols governing the appointment of attorneys for children. See, Meaningful Legal Representation for Children and Youth in Washington State's Child Welfare System.

The Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic has received generous support from:

  • The Bobbe and Jon Bridge Endowed Professorship in Child Advocacy
  • Peter Miller and Jean Johnson Foundation
  • The Children’s Justice Interdisciplinary Task Force
  • The Washington Administrative Office of the Courts
  • The Center for Children and Youth Justice
  • Dennis and Liz Lane

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