Providing High-Quality Legal Representation for Transition-Aged Youth in and Leaving the Foster Care System (Webcast)

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Practising Law Institute
  • Juveniles
  • Pro Bono


The Practising Law Institute is offering a one-hour briefing via webcast entitled Providing High-Quality Legal Representation for Transition-Aged Youth in and Leaving the Foster Care System on January 30, 2023 from 3:00 PM-4:00 pm Eastern.

Registration: $25

Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships.

All eligible attendees are urged to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application.

The transition to adulthood is a pivotal time in child and adolescent development that can greatly impact a young person’s trajectory in life. For all young people this time is both challenging and full of potential. Yet, young people in foster care uniquely face many obstacles to a successful transition to adulthood, including the trauma they have experienced and the lack of adequate services and supports provided once youth enter the child protection system. High quality legal representation can make a critical difference in the lives and futures of transition aged youth in and leaving foster care.

This Briefing will present a framework for providing high-quality legal representation for transition aged youth (ages 16-26) with the goal of improving outcomes for young people in and leaving foster care as young adults. Participants will leave this presentation with an understanding of adolescent and young adult development, how to engage and partner with young people in their representation, and how to use the law to zealously advocate for their clients.

This session is appropriate for attorneys across the country and will focus on federal law provisions while using some examples from state law that are common across the country.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the challenges and outcomes faced by transition aged youth (5 minutes)
  • Overview of adolescent development and how it impacts representation of transition aged youth (5 minutes)
  • Overview of the federal legal structure for advocating on behalf of transition aged youth (5 minutes)
  • Discussion of permanency and family connections in the transition to adulthood and legal strategies for promoting family connections for youth in foster care (15 minutes)
  • Discussion of the basics of transition planning, with a focus on advocacy strategies to support special populations, including youth with disabilities, pregnant and parenting youth, and youth with juvenile justice system involvement (15 minutes)
  • Advocating for youth in extended foster care (10 minutes)
  • Tips for engaging and partnering with transition aged youth clients with experience in foster care (5 minutes)
Who Should Attend: 

Legal aid and legal services advocates, nonprofit lawyers, pro bono attorneys and allied professionals interested in better understanding and representing transition aged youth in and leaving the foster care system.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    PA CLE Credit: One (1.0) Substantive Credit

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board.

    COVID-19 CLE Update. For all compliance periods ending in 2022 or 2023: At least six credits must be live-online or in-person/classroom. Up to six credits may be completed through pre-recorded online courses. Only credits through live-online and in-person/classroom courses taken during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods).

    More information on COVID-19 Updates from PA CLE.
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  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute
    800.260.4PLI (4754)