About NCYL


The National Center for Youth Law is a non-profit law firm that helps low-income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them.




NCYL does:

  • act as a resource for private attorneys, legal services programs, social services organizations, community groups, health care professionals, teachers, and others representing poor children or adolescents on a pro bono basis;
  • provide information, referrals, technical assistance, or written materials;
  • serve as co-counsel in cases affecting a large number of children and families.

NCYL Provides Support to Legal Services Programs

As a state support center, funded in part by the State Bar of California’s IOLTA program, NCYL provides services to qualified legal services programs free of charge.

NCYL attorneys are available to assist advocates representing poor children and adolescents. Our services include:

  • discussing individual client cases
  • exploring strategic and procedural considerations
  • researching and analyzing legal issues
  • providing model pleadings and briefs

We provide litigation support, legislative and administrative advocacy, and publications in our priority areas: child welfare/ foster care, juvenile justice, mental health care, and reproductive health care. We can also provide training in those areas, gearing trainings to programs’ specific needs.

NCYL does not:

  • provide legal representation to individuals (or represent individuals in court);
  • give legal advice on individual cases;
  • provide legal information for research projects or academic assignments


405 14th St., 15th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 835-8098
fax: (510) 835-8099
email: info(at)youthlaw.org