Attorneys in Washington have the resources and established standards to effectively represent children and youth in termination of parental rights ("TPR") proceedings. Children who face TPR proceedings need the type of advice and advocacy that only trained lawyers can provide. While parents, social workers, foster parents, therapists, and guardians ad litem may provide substantial support to dependent children, only lawyers can protect their legal rights in complex adversarial proceedings, especially when all of the other parties are represented by counsel. In the context of a confidential relationship with a lawyer, a dependent child can provide critical information and meaningfully participate in the most important legal proceeding of his or her life.
Lisa Kelly, Amici Curiae Brief of the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic in Support of Appellant. In Re the Dependency of M.S.R. and T.S.R. v. Luak, No. 85729-6 (Wash. Sept. 16, 2011) (2011), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-court-briefs/57