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Elizabeth M. Aleman

  • Hosted by East Bay Children's Law Offices
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth
  • Fellowship class year 2012
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

At the start of 2012, a new law in California (AB12) began allowing emancipating foster youth to remain in the system; this was intended to help these youths receive continued services and benefits aimed at helping them transition to adulthood with greater success. Elizabeth advocated for Alameda County youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood by enforcing their rights to individualized transitional living plans and services under the AB12.

AB12 allows emancipating foster youth to remain in the system up to age 21, which provides them with services and benefits aimed at helping them successfully transition to adulthood. Extended educational support, employment services, and housing stability help prepare youth aging out of foster care make a positive transition to adulthood and independent living. Elizabeth’s project enhanced the ability of the attorneys at East Bay Children’s Law Offices to advocate for non-minor dependents in Alameda County.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Elizabeth:

  • Provided advice and brief services to 200 clients
  • Represented 100 non-minor dependent clients in more than 200 court hearings
  • Helped 18 former dependents re-enter foster care under AB12
  • Provided expert consultation to attorneys on AB12 issues
  • Led the cause for resolving many county-specific AB12 issues, such as streamlining the process for former dependents to re-enter foster care
  • Won both trials she led advocating for her clients to maintain their foster care eligibility
  • Built a strong and trustworthy relationship with the Social Services Agency
  • Positively impacted many foster youths’ lives by advocating for their housing, education, and employment needs

What’s Next

Elizabeth has remained in her position at East Bay Children’s Law Offices as the AB12 Law Fellow Attorney, thanks to receiving a generous grant towards the project.

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