Children's Rights

We use a multi-disciplinary approach to legal advocacy with the trauma-informed and resiliency-focused tools of our social workers supporting the work of our legal advocates to remove legal barriers for children, youth, families, and communities of color most impacted by systemic racism and economic injustice. Read More

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To inquire about eligibility for legal services, please call 213-385-2977, x 500.

  • Redefining Dignity in Our Schools A Shadow Report on School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation in South Los Angeles, 2007-2010.
  • Caregivers' Guide to Mental Health Services for Foster and Adopted Children Children in foster care have all experienced trauma, including abuse or neglect, which may have lasting effects on their mental health. “Mental health” includes a person’s moods, emotions, patterns of thinking and behavior. It affects a child’s growth and development, and the child’s ability to succeed in school and to have healthy connections with family and friends. Children in foster care generally have greater mental health needs than children who have not been in foster care.
  • Nominating a Guardian for Your Child This brochure deals with how to nominate guardians of the person, only. If you have any assets (such as a house, savings or retirement account, or life insurance policy) that you would like to be used for the benefit of a child, during your lifetime or after your death, you should consult an attorney to assist you in drafting estate planning documents. Advance planning can guarantee that your assets are used in the way you wish them to be used and can avoid expensive probate court proceedings.
  • Information for Adoptive Parents After your adoption is finalized, the Juvenile Dependency case (the case that was first opened when the child entered the system) is technically still open. It might take about 2-4 weeks for Dependency Court jurisdiction to be terminated. Following the adoption your attorney will send a copy of the Adoption Order to your Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) social worker. The social worker prepares a request for the court to terminate jurisdiction and then the file makes its way to the Judge so that jurisdiction will be terminated (the Dependency case will be closed).
  • Informacion Para Padres Adoptivos Despues de que se finalice la adopcion, el caso de dependencia juvenil (el caso que se abrio originalmente cuando el menor entro al sistema) todavia esta tecnicamente abierto. Puede tomar alrededor de 2-4 semanas para terminar la jurisdiccion de la corte de dependencia. Despues de la adopcion, su abogado enviara una copia de la Orden de Adopcion (Adoption Order) a su trabajador social del Departamento de Servicios Para Ninos y Familias. El trabajador social preparara una solicitud para que la corte termine la jurisdiccion (despues el caso de dependencia sera cerrado).
  • Adoption Project White Paper The history of the Adoption Project in Los Angeles County
  • Special Education This brochure covers issues relating to special education and related services, including students' and parents' rights and responsibilities
  • Educacion Especial Derechos y Responsabilidades de Estudiantes y Padres
  • Guardianship Information for Parents Guardianship is a legal process by which a non-parent can ask the court for custody of a child that is not their own. The person requesting guardianship does not have to be a relative of the minor.
  • Guardianship of the Person and the Pro Per Guardianship Clinic This pamphlet is designed for parents and caregivers who have questions about guardianship. It describes the guardianship process and how to access help through Public Counsel's Pro Per Guardianship Clinic.
  • Tutela De la Persona y La Clinica de Tutela Este folleto está diseñado para padres y cuidadores que tengan preguntas sobre la tutela. En él se describe el proceso de tutela y cómo acceder a la ayuda a través de la Clínica de Tutela de Public Counsel.
  • Guardianship of the Person-Attorney Manual This manual is written for attorneys handling guardianship cases pro bono through Public Counsel, and is designed to give a step-by-step overview of the guardianship process.
  • Peace of Mind Program-Joint Guardianship of the Person The Peace of Mind Program provides parents who live with a life-threatening illness with the Peace of Mind that their children will be cared for.
  • Tranquilidad de Conciencia
  • A Model Code on Education and Dignity All children and youth have a human right to quality public education in safe and supportive environments, providing a foundation for access to higher education, meaningful employment and full participation in society. Although a commitment to public education is a principle deeply rooted in U.S. history and society, our current educational policies and practices fail to reflect that commitment and result in millions of young people being pushed out of school every year.
  • Pro Per Guardianship Clinic Public Counsel's Skadden Arps Pro Per Guardianship Clinic assists pro per litigants with pleadings in probate guardianship matters. For assistance, please call (213) 385-2977, ext. 502.
  • Surviving the Economic Challenge - Useful Materials for Individuals and Families Have you or someone in your family lost your home or job? Are you or your family struggling to stay in your home and meet your financial obligations due to the economic downturn? This document contains helpful information about legal issues that you may be facing, and referrals to social service agencies that can assist with your specific needs.
  • CCR and Education Report One of the major goals of California's Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) initiative is to reduce the use of congregate care, and ensure that all foster children and youth are placed in family settings whenever possible. CCR is intended to limit the use of congregate care to youth who have high-level mental health or other safety or treatment needs that cannot be met in a family setting. Existing group homes must convert to Short-Term Residential Treatment Programs (STRTPs), which will provide intensive mental health treatment and other services, with a focus not on long-term custodial care but on stabilizing high-needs youth and addressing issues that present barriers to their safety and well-being so that they can transition as quickly as possible to a family setting. STRTP programs must have capacity to support parents and caregivers in preparing for a youth's transition, and to continue providing services and supports to youth and families after youth transition to family settings.
  • Guide for Immigrant Parents / Guia Para Padres Inmigrantes Guide for Immigrant Parents If you are a parent who does not have immigration status in the United States, you may be worried about what will happen to your children if you are detained or deported by immigration authorities. This guide provides information about ways to plan ahead for the care of your children. Guia para Padres Inmigrantes Si usted es un padre que no tiene estatus migratorio en los Estados Unidos, puede estar preocupado de lo que sucedería a sus hijos si usted fuera detenido o deportado por las autoridades de inmigración. Este guía brinda información sobre las formas de como planificar el cuidado de sus hijos.