Homeless Youth Legal Network

 To increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Youth Legal Network

About the Network

The American Bar Association created the Homeless Youth Legal Network to increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. The Network provides information and fosters collaboration to help attorneys and other advocates address gaps in legal services, and improve outcomes for homeless youth and young adults—including those transitioning from the child welfare system and exiting the juvenile justice system. The Network’s focus includes civil legal matters, juvenile and criminal defense, and policy/systems change for minors as well as young adults through at least age 25.


This directory includes information that legal providers have shared with the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network regarding the services they provide to youth experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

Library of Resources

HYLN has collected numerous resources from the ABA and other organizations related to the representation of youth experiencing homelessness. Please contact Kelly Russo if you have additional resources for consideration.

International Summit on the Legal Rights of Street-Connected Children & Youth

November 28-29, 2017 São Paulo, Brazil Hosted at the Law Offices of Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

State and Local Advocacy

As discussed in “Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes,” model state statutes address a wide spectrum of issues; local advocates must choose their focus, and HYLN is equipped to facilitate trainings and discussions related to the following issues: Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Youth Housing Juvenile Justice Reentry Practices Transitioning from Foster Care Policies Family Law Access to Health Care LGBT Youth Civil Rights Protections