Clients and Community

The Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) operates from late September through late May. We begin looking for cases in early September and typically do not accept any new matters after February 1st.  Our ideal case is one that can be completed within the academic year.

CAYAC represents:

  • Children and youth who are at risk of involvement with the child welfare system or who are involved in the child welfare system;
  • Children and youth who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

To be a client, you must be between the ages of birth and 21 years old.  We may make exceptions for adult caregivers needing legal help to achieve permanency and protection for youth who are experiencing homelessness or actual or threatened child welfare system involvement.

To make an inquiry, contact Professor Lisa Kelly at 206-685-1826 or via email at

The Court Improvement Training Academy

Director: Robert Wyman

The Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) is a program designed to create a learning community comprised of judges, lawyers and other professionals involved in the juvenile court dependency process. CITA is funded by a grant of federal Court Improvement Program money administered by the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. CITA learning opportunities are centered around a philosophy which blends innovative interdisciplinary research and practical solutions to everyday problems faced in child welfare law.

The Access to Counsel Systemic Advocacy Project

If you know a child or youth in foster care that you think could benefit from the assistance of an attorney, the Access to Counsel Systemic Advocacy Project may be able to help them.

Learn more about how you can request an attorney for a child in a dependency action.