Children & Youth Law

SDVLP works with Child Welfare Services to facilitate the placement of at-risk children in the homes of loving relatives and family friends. We also assist children in foster care with their education and immigration matters, providing opportunities for growth after they leave the foster care system.
We help with:

  • Guardianship

  • Immigration Law Services for Children
  • Education Advocacy

Children & Youth Law

SDVLP works with Child Welfare Services to facilitate the placement of at-risk children in the homes of loving relatives and family friends. We also assist children in foster care with their education and immigration matters, providing opportunities for growth after they leave the foster care system.
We help with:

  • Guardianship

  • Immigration Law Services for Children
  • Education Advocacy

Guardianship Program

The Guardianship Program assists relative and non-relative caretakers in obtaining legal guardianship of children.  The Guardianship Program also assists with objections to guardianship, requesting termination of a guardianship, seeking visitation orders, requesting to move outside of California, or addressing defects with filings.  SDVLP operates weekly walk-in clinics for eligible applicants.

*The Guardianship Legal Services Project is funded in part by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

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Immigration Law Services for Children

SDVLP provides direct representation to dependent children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, and who are eligible for legal permanent residency under the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) provision of federal law.

Applicants for service should contact SDVLP at: (619) 235-5656, Ext. 141

Education Law Advocacy Program

This program offers legal representation to students who have cases in dependency court or whose parents are receiving voluntary CWS services, who have unmet special education needs, difficulty with enrollment, or who are facing school discipline proceedings.

Applicants for service should contact SDVLP at (619) 235-5656, Ext. 123

*The Education Law Advocacy Program is funded in part by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.