Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I help?
A: There are a number of ways that
members of the community can support Youth, Rights &
Justice. Individuals who are lawyers or other professionals
may be able to volunteer with YRJ's SchoolWorks or public defense
programs. YRJ also hosts law clerks and MSW students each
We also need volunteers to support our fundraising events each
year. We have a committee of community members who find
interesting auction items, recruit sponsor organizations and who
help sell tickets. We also need volunteers to work at each
event. For more information, contact Janeen Olsen or Teresa
Conroy. Find their contact info on our staff
Contributions also support the critical work we do. If you
are interested in making a one-time or recurring donation as a
Justice League member, click here.
Q: I heard that you passed a bill related
to relief from juvenile sex offender registration. What does
A: Yes, please refer to our Senate Bill
408 Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Q: Didn't Youth, Rights & Justice
also pass a bill to improve school stability for foster
children? What does it do?
A: Yes, the bill we drafted, HB 3075, was
passed in 2005. It has helped provide school stability for
thousands of Oregon foster children. Read more on our HB 3075 FAQ page.
Q: Do you help people outside of
A: Youth, Rights & Justice advocates
for public policy improvements in Oregon that impact children,
youth and families statewide.
YRJ serves some individual clients outside of
Multnomah County, as well, including cases in the Oregon Court of
Appeals or Oregon Supreme Court that are based upon a juvenile
court case in Oregon. YRJ also represents youth from around
the state who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile
Psychiatric Security Review Board.
Most of YRJ's court-appointed clients are involved in the
Multnomah County juvenile court. Most of our SchoolWorks
clients are children in foster care or youth in the juvenile
justice system in Multnomah County.
Q: Is Youth, Rights & Justice like
A: Youth, Rights & Justice is a law
firm that employs attorneys who specialize in juvenile law.
Our responsibility is to advocate zealously for our clients, about
75% of whom are children in foster care. YRJ also represents
parents in some cases and assists them in getting the services and
support they need so that they can be reunified with their
Our team of attorneys have an average of 11 years' experience
working at Youth, Rights & Justice. Collectively, they
have more than 184 years of experience in juvenile law. Youth,
Rights & Justice has represented 50,000 individual clients in
the juvenile court system, primarily children in foster care.
While YRJ is local, CASA is a national organization that has
local branches or affiliates. While YRJ employs attorneys to
represent children, CASA uses volunteers who are appointed by
judges to advocate for the best interests of the child. Both
groups perform advocacy to make sure that children don't get lost
in an already overburdened foster care system.
In addition to our representation of individual clients in the
juvenile court, YRJ has also set important legal precedents in
state and federal courts, has won improvements through class-action
litigation and has spent nearly four decades improving public
policy in Oregon to improve the lives of children and families.