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

Action Alert on Congregate Care Bill

Tell Governor Brown Children in Foster Care Deserve Families, Not Institutions --Now is the time to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 403! Children have the right    MORE

Shackling in Transportation; Hobbling Fairness

On August 24, YLC demanded an end to indiscriminate shackling of juveniles being transported to court in Contra Costa County. The County shackles every child, irrespective of their offense. They    MORE

Judge Orders Compliance with Flores Settlement by Oct. 23

United States District Court judge Dolly Gee ordered the Department of Homeland Security and other federal defendants to comply with the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Lynch by October 23,    MORE

Judge Rules for Immigrant Children

United States District Court Judge Dolly Gee has ruled that immigrant children who are accompanied by a parent when they are detained by immigration officials are entitled to the protections of the    MORE