history

LCYC’s founders recognized that all children in foster care have unique legal rights and interests which are best protected through the appointment of competent counsel. LCYC’s founders envisioned an organization that supports and empowers children in need by providing them with multidisciplinary, holistic legal advocacy. LCYC was created through collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations and individuals serving foster children in King County.

LCYC began its legal services in the realm of child welfare with the intention of meeting all legal needs of any child served.  Since its inception, LCYC has expanded the types of legal services it provides in-house.  LCYC now serves children involved in the child welfare and juvenile offender systems.  LCYC has a collaborative relationship with Kids In Need of Defense and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in jointly advocating for youth seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  LCYC also provides legal consultation for youth who are or are at risk of becoming homeless.

LCYC utilizes a multidisciplinary team to best assess and meet the needs of children.  We adhere to the American Bar Association and National Association of Counsel for Children guidelines regarding representation of children, following client directives, and maintaining manageable caseloads.  

LCYC was incorporated on May 25, 2010, with pro bono legal assistance from K&L Gates LLP.  Casey Trupin (JD), Hillary Behrman (JD), Chorisia Folkman (JD/MSW) and Marcy Pareira (LICSW) constituted the initial Board of Directors.  

LCYC is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  LCYC is acknowledged as a Charitable Organization by the Washington State Charity Solicitations Program.