• Every day, Ohio juvenile court judges make difficult decisions in cases involving child abuse, neglect, or dependency. Their decisions impact children’s safety and well-being and the integrity of families involved in the child welfare system.

  • The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

  • The FYLaw Fellowship program is designed to provide Capital University Law School students interested in this practice area with a specialized law school experience, including unique educational, extracurricular, and employment opportunities.

  • Only 9 Spots Left! The competition attracts teams from law schools across the country and engages numerous attorneys, judges, and magistrates to serve as volunteer judges for briefs and oral arguments.

  • Dana Schmersal, MSW, currently serves as Social Work Projects Manager at the Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw), where she primarily coordinates the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative.

  • The Columbus Area Mentoring Program (CAMP) is designed to fill the need for consistent mentorships for local young adults who have aged out of foster care to help them transition to safe, supported, and healthy adult lives.

  • FYLaw operates solely through funding from private grants, individual donations and programming income. Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter what size, will help to support our groundbreaking work on behalf of children and families.