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

YLC Honors Unsung Heroes on December 7, 2015

Each year the Youth Law Center recognizes people who have made a difference in the lives of our clients during the past year at its Loren Warboys Unsung Heroes Reception.     MORE

YLC Releases Survey/Recommendations on Congregate Care

At the Youth Law Center we are continuing our work to ensure that children and youth who must be removed from home are placed in family settings rather than in    MORE

YLC Staff Position Available

The Youth Law Center is seeking a full time attorney with a minimum of seven years of experience in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system, or a closely-related field,    MORE

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Child Welfare Bill

YLC celebrates Governor Brown's signing of AB 403, a landmark bill that will move child welfare and probation away from reliance on unnecessary congregate care placement and towards developing capacity    MORE