• “Extremely overjoyed – ELATED! I am so grateful and appreciative that I was able to get your help and guidance I so desperately needed. Yesterday I didn’t even know your agency existed but today I do and have to say thank you VERY much!! I now feel as though tons of bricks have been lifted up off my back and tonight I will sleep so much better.”        – Guardianship Client

  • “This service is a godsend. Everyone here is compassionate, knowledgeable, and they get the job done.”        – Guardianship Client

  • “I was so worried and confused, and they were so helpful. I’m so grateful for this program.”        – Guardianship Client

Children & Youth Law

SDVLP works with Child Welfare Services to facilitate the placement of at-risk children in the homes of loving relatives and family friends. We also assist children in foster care with their education and immigration matters, providing opportunities for growth after they leave the foster care system.  We help with:

  • Guardianship
  • Immigration Law Services for Children
  • Education Advocacy

Guardianship Clinic

The Guardianship Clinic Program assists relative and non-relative caretakers in obtaining legal guardianship of children.  The Guardianship Clinic Program also assists with objections to guardianship, requesting termination of a guardianship, seeking visitation orders, requesting to move outside of California, or addressing defects with filings.  SDVLP operates weekly walk-in clinics for eligible applicants.

*The Guardianship Legal Services Project is funded in part by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

707 Broadway, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101

CONTACT: SDVLP at (619) 235-5656 ext 104

Walk-in clinic, no appointment needed.
Clinic held each Tuesday and Thursday from  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, except on court holidays.

Immigration Law Services for Children

SDVLP provides direct representation to dependent children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, and who are eligible for legal permanent residency under the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) provision of federal law.

Applicants for service should contact SDVLP at: (619) 235-5656 Ext. 113

Education Law Advocacy Project

Operated in coordination with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and other donors. This project offers direct representation to students who are dependents or whose parents are receiving voluntary CWS services, who have unmet special education needs, difficulty with enrollment, or who are facing school discipline proceedings.

Applicants for service should contact SDVLP at (619) 235-5656 Ext. 123

*The Education Law Advocacy Project is funded in part by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.