Friday, June 28, 2013

Public Counsel Posting-Temporary


Temporary Full – Time Transition-Age Foster Youth Advocate, Children’s Rights Project

Duration of Position:
Start date: Mid- September 2013
End Date: Late January 2014

Project Description
Through a combination of education advocacy, legal representation, transition support, and case management, the Transition-Age  Foster Youth (TAFY) program strives to ensure that foster youth in grades 9-12 graduate from high school, have access to post-secondary education options, and receive the necessary resources to achieve success. 

Job Description

The Foster Youth Advocate works closely with a Staff Attorney partner and with the TAFY team, and has the following general responsibilities: 
  • Conduct outreach, intake and assessment with foster youth
  • Advocate for individualized and effective transition and education plans with foster youth and monitor the progress of foster youth
  • Provide case management to foster youth with a specific focus on grade promotion, enrollment in the “A-G” curriculum and access to post-secondary education in the form of two-year or four-year colleges;
  • Work collaboratively with foster youth’s Children’s Law Center attorneys, caretakers, social workers and others involved in providing support to the youth;
  • Provide foster youth and their caretakers with “Know Your Rights” trainings on education and transition related issues for foster youth;
  • Conduct outreach and training presentations to school staff, community based agencies and other stakeholders working with transition-age foster youth ;
  • Meet regularly with the supervising Staff Attorney and with the TAFY team to identify case specific and systemic issues that require legal interventions;
  • Develop and maintain complete and accurate case files and notes for all youth; obtain and review all relevant education, mental health, health and other records; enter case information into computerized case management system; and work with TAFY team to collect, analyze, and report on outcome data.
Skills Required/Preferred: 
  • A Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) or equivalent experience;
  • Experience working with high school aged youth;
  • An interest and/or experience in juvenile court proceedings, including the dependency and delinquency systems;
  • Knowledge of the special education, college access, and transition planning processes and experience with advocacy in these areas;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, advocacy and phone skills;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • Proficiency in the Spanish language (preferred).

Salary:  DOE
Application Deadline:  July 31st, 2013
How to Apply: 
Please submit a resume, cover letter and list of references by email to:

Martha Matthews
Children’s Rights Project
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

No telephone inquiries please

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