About Us

The Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP) brings together foster youth and the agencies that serve them to promote evidence-informed strategies that reduce unplanned pregnancies and dismantle systemic barriers to sexual and reproductive health education and service access for youth in foster care. Our goal is to dramatically reduce unintended pregnancy rates for youth in care over the next ten years.

Leadership Team Members

  • Alliance for Children's Rights
    Alliance for Children's Rights

    The Alliance for Children’s Rights champions the rights and needs of young people in foster care, helping them and their caregivers overcome obstacles to education, healthcare, financial benefits and more to help them recover and thrive.

  • Children’s Law Center of California
    Children’s Law Center of California

    Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides legal representation for over 30,300 foster children impacted by abuse and neglect in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Placer counties. Our highly skilled, passionate and committed attorneys, investigators, and support staff fight to ensure the well being and future success of our clients through a multi-disciplinary, independent and informed approach to advocacy.

  • John Burton Advocates for Youth
    John Burton Advocates for Youth

    John Burton Advocates for Youth is a non-profit organization working to improve the lives youth in California who have experienced foster care, homelessness and the juvenile justice system by advocating for policy change, providing technical assistance and training and directly assisting youth.

  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
    Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

    Los Angeles County is the largest and most populous county in the United States, covering an area over 4,000 square miles, with more than 10 million residents. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is the largest child protective services agency in the nation. This past year, DCFS investigated about 90,000 referrals alleging child abuse or neglect, involving over 150,000 children. DCFS has nearly 8,500 employees, with over 4,800 social workers who travel from one end of the county to the other, providing services to families and helping to ensure that children remain safe in their homes. On any given day, DCFS provides child welfare services for about 34,000 children.

  • National Center for Youth Law
    National Center for Youth Law

    The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has worked for more than four decades to improve the lives of marginalized children and youth. NCYL leads campaigns, weaving together research, public awareness, policy development, technical assistance and litigation to ensure governmental systems provide the support these children and youth need to thrive.

  • Public Counsel
    Public Counsel

    Public Counsel is the nation’s largest Pro Bono law firm, handling impact litigation, pursuing legislative change, and providing direct legal services. In 2016, Public Counsel staff and over 4,800 volunteers provided legal services to 19,000 individuals and more than 300 nonprofit organizations, and conducted impact litigation on behalf of over 12 million people. Our Children’s Rights Project is dedicated to empowering low-income children and meeting a variety of their civil legal needs, which includes having a specialized focus on addressing the concerns of teens and young adults impacted by the foster care and juvenile delinquency systems.

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
    Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Ranked as one of the top children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children's serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children's hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more.

The National Center for Youth Law is the convener of the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth. We are grateful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for providing the generous support necessary to make LA RHEP possible. For more information on the Hilton foundation, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.