Family and Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) Course Description


Family and Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) Course Description

This course offers substantive instruction and an opportunity for experiential learning in child law and advocacy. Students will receive substantive instruction in areas that affect youth involved in both foster care and the juvenile justice systems, such as public benefits, credit checks, expungements, and housing in a traditional classroom setting.  Students will respond to the needs of systems-involved (child welfare/foster care, juvenile justice, mental health and/or developmental disabilities) youth ages 16-25 with information, legal counseling, and representation in the following areas: obtaining personal records and documents, credit check and repair, housing, juvenile and adult criminal record sealing and expungement, small claims, public benefits access, accessing higher education, and self-advocacy . The clients FYAC serves are an especially vulnerable population – many are homeless, have aged out of foster care, have had juvenile justice system involvement and/or are victims of crime. Students will spend up to seven hours per week representing clients, developing legal skills that include interviewing, drafting pleadings, and witness preparation. Students will also make one presentation per semester to community-based organizations and may represent a Franklin County family during National Adoption Day to finalize an adoption.   

FYAC will be offered only fall semester. However, students enrolled in the fall semester may have the option to earn additional credit in the spring where necessary to continue their representation of existing clients.  FYAC is a 2-credit-hour course but can be taken for 3 credits with prior approval from the FYAC professor.     

Prerequisite: This course is available only to students who have completed two-thirds of the credit hours needed to graduate (eligible for Supreme Court of Ohio's legal intern license).  

For more information about the Family and Youth Advocacy Center, contact Thomas Zani at 614-236-7237. 

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