Lawyers Fostering Independence

Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI) provides legal advocacy in civil matters on behalf of former foster youth as they transition into adulthood.

LFI is an initiative of the Center for Children & Youth Justice (

LFI Priorities:
The program has five goals in furtherance of its mission:
(1) Increase the success of transitioning youth by removing legal barriers to life necessities such as securing stable housing, employment and benefits;
(2) Stabilize transitioning youth who are parents by helping them petition for, or modify, parenting plans, protection orders, and child support;
(3) Promote financial security of transitioning youth by reporting identity theft, and establishing plans to reduce debt and repair credit;
(4) Educate transitioning youth and service providers about legal issues to help youth avoid future civil legal problems; and
(5) Raise awareness of legal issues facing former foster youth in the private bar, general public and philanthropic community.

LFI connects clients with attorneys, who can help with non-criminal legal problems, such as sealing juvenile criminal records, eviction and other housing problems, custody and other family law matters, debt collection, securing disability or other public benefits, and identity theft and credit issues.

Save the Date!
LFI is putting on two CLEs this summer covering some of the most common issues faced by our clients. Each CLE is worth 5 credits (including 2 ethics credits on 6/23) and is FREE for all attendees. Anyone who is interested in, or currently, volunteering with our program is welcome to attend.

June 23, 2017 - Hosted at K&L Gates

July 7, 2017 - Hosted at Davis Wright Tremaine

Please see the attached flyers for more details about each program. We hope you are able to join us!

[04/17/17]   New LFI Success Story: Tosha is a college student and a former foster youth. As is typical for most young students, money is tight and Tosha works hard to succeed in school and make her ends meet. When Tosha needed to move out of her apartment before the end of her lease, she had a new tenant already lined up to take her place. Yet, despite the fact that it cost the landlord nothing to reassign Tosha’s lease to the new tenant, the landlord was still demanding an “assignment fee” of an entire month’s rent. With the help of LFI, Tosha was able to have the assignment fee cancelled, and she was instead able to focus on her studies, her job, and settling into her new home.

The Mockingbird Society

We're hiring a Public Policy Coordinator! Priority consideration given to candidates who apply by November 1.

The Mockingbird Society

This is a powerful contribution from the Seattle Times Editorial Board about a recent incident in Seattle involving foster youth living on the street.

Getting our resource on. #liveunited.

Welcome Annie Blackledge!

Wonderful news for our community: Mockingbird Society

Position Announcement - Executive Director

Great opportunity to work with an amazing group of people doing incredible work to improve foster care and end youth homelessness. If you know the right candidate, encourage that person to apply. Mockingbird Society

LFI is very excited to see and support the next phase of The Center for Children & Youth Justice's eQuality project.



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