at-risk boy

Since 1978, the Youth Law Center has fought to protect the rights of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Using its legal skills to stop abuse and open paths to success, YLC has helped children and families throughout the nation.

at-risk kids
need EVERYONE’s support

Youth Law Center is recognized by Philanthropedia as a top national non-profit serving at-risk youth, and we proudly direct 94% of our funds to program activities.



Using a range of strategies, YLC works to eliminate abuse and neglect of children, to reduce out of home placements and incarceration, and to assure that those who are removed are held in safe, humane conditions. YLC takes action to ensure that the legal rights of vulnerable children are protected, and that they receive the support and services they need to become healthy and productive adults.

ONLINE Resource Library

Looking for youth law resources? YLC makes available the records of its work, including:
  • Litigation materials
  • Articles and reports
  • Legislative and regulatory work
  • Training materials and fact sheets
  • Legal analyses
Documents may be downloaded free of charge

News & Announcements

Maria Ramiu Presenting at Child Welfare Policy Roundtable

Maria Ramiu, Youth Law Center's Senior Staff Attorney, will be a featured panelist presenting on Youth Arrests in Group Homes and Shelters at the July 6th monthly Child Welfare    MORE

Making Reunification Possible for Older Youth

June is the only month many child welfare systems formally celebrate reunification, but this is a mistake. Reunification should be celebrated every day of every month for our children and    MORE

Statement on Separation and Detention of Immigrant Families

Youth Law Center (YLC) Statement on Separation and Detention of Immigrant Families The federal government has separated over 2,000 children from their parents at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy    MORE

YLC joins amicus brief in support of Brendan Dassey

The Youth Law Center is deeply committed to ensuring that young people's developmental needs and particular vulnerabilities are taken into account at every stage of the criminal justice process. This    MORE