Students assist children/youth and families working directly on cases in a placement 8 hours per week with the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel. Public Counsel Placement options include the Adoptions Project, Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Project, Education Rights Project or Guardianship Project. Placement hours are at Public Counsel’s offices. In the weekly meeting, students learn about and discuss legal issues impacting children/youth who have been abused or neglected. Students learn about the juvenile court system, adoption law, mental health, special education and public benefits for foster children with special needs. The course also examines ways to make systemic reform to the child welfare system through impact litigation and legislation.