LCYC provides direct legal representation to youth and children in King County, Washington. We represent young parents, to the extent that they are involved in the child welfare or juvenile court systems, or they are between 12 -24 years of age and struggling with homelessness. We do not provide advice to parents or other concerned adults, but such individuals can share information about our services with young people in need.


Free civil legal services for young people, ages 12 -24 years, who are or are at risk of experiencing homelessness in king county

  • Young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness are welcome to stop by during our intake hours, submit a self-referral by email, or call LCYC directly at 206-494-0323. Adults who are engaged with youth in need of and qualifying for services may also refer the youth by completing the referral form and corresponding instructions.

what: LCYC legal services intake hours

wheN: Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

where: Youthcare's James Ray Orion Center, 1828 Yale Ave   Seattle, wa 98101

  • Some of the civil legal issues we may assist with: orders of protection, public benefits, child protective services, consumer and medical debt, emancipation, identity theft, immigration, record sealing, warrants, restitution, identity documents, gender marker and name changes, landlord/tenant, housing, education, family law, and guardianships.


legal advocacy in juvenile court

Child Welfare, Juvenile Court, At Risk Youth, Child In Need of services, Civil Commitment

  • LCYC staff serve as panel attorneys for King County Department of Public Defense, representing young people in child welfare, juvenile court, At Risk Youth, Child In Need of Services, and civil commitment (Involuntary Treatment Act) proceedings. We represent young people in these proceedings if we are appointed to do so by the King County Department of Public Defense. If you are involved in any of the above proceedings and you are are not sure who your attorney is, you can contact King County Department of Public Defense and ask for help connecting with your attorney. Phone: 206-296-7662 or Toll Free: 1-844-935-3534


LEGAL ADVOCACY FOR immigrant youth and families

  • If you are an immigrant youth, or the child of an immigrant, between 12-24 years of age and experiencing or at risk of homelessness please see services outlined above through LCYC’s Youth Homelessness Program.

  • If you are an immigrant youth, under the age of 21 years, who has experienced parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment, you may be eligible to access a form of immigration relief called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. LCYC works closely with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Kids in Need of Defense to jointly advocate for immigrant youth. To access services you can call any of the three organizations. LCYC (206) 494-0323, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project BEST NUMBER, Kids In Need of Defense BEST NUMBER.

  • LCYC’s Safety Plan and other resources for immigrant families are available here.