Center for Children & Youth Justice - Lawyers Fostering Independence- QLSP

The Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) program improves outcomes for youth transitioning out of the foster care system by arranging pro bono legal representation on civil legal problems.

Youth exiting the foster care system are highly vulnerable. Within three years of leaving foster care, one in five former foster children has experienced homelessness; one in four does not have a high school diploma; one in three have been incarcerated; and one in two is unemployed. These poor outcomes are often as a result of legal barriers that could be resolved with the assistance of legal counsel. The LFI program aims to fill the gap.

An LFI volunteer can help a former foster youth seal his juvenile record so he can get a job, or help a youth clear her credit report of identity theft so she can rent an apartment. Pro bono counsel receive training, free CLE credits, and are supported by a staff attorney and expert mentors. The level of volunteer commitment is flexible, and the variety of issues the program handles means that attorneys can choose cases that will develop their skills in negotiation, court appearances, and client counseling.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: King, Pierce
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Homeless, Housing, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: Former foster youth aged 17-23
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Please contact LFI for more information about attending a CLE program or brown-bag training.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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