Edgy conference

Erika Murillo
Erika Murillo
Children’s Law Center of California
Erika Murillo
Erika Murillo has been with Children’s Law Center since 2016 and has gradually held two case management positions prior to becoming the program coordinator. In her role as a coordinator, she trains and helps our staff advocate for non-minor dependents in and out of court. She completed her Associate Degrees in Social Work and Social Sciences and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Social Work at the California State University of California. Erika has been certified as a Family Planning Health Worker and provides training to other professionals as well as youth in care about youth reproductive health rights through one-on-one meetings.

SESSION OVERVIEW

Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice
LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Involvement in this system can be daunting and overwhelming, but LGBTQ+ youth face additional challenges which require strong advocacy. Name and gender changes, court approval for medical care related to transitioning, and ensuring that youth are living in affirmative placements are just a few examples of the special needs of this population. In addition, they share the need for trauma-informed care, mental health services, and a variety of other needs common to foster youth. Children’s Law Center of California not only represents youth in legal proceedings, but also works to ensure the needs of the whole child are met. Presenters will discuss their work with LGBTQ+ youth and identify ways in which participants can help these youth navigate the Dependency system and ensure their needs are being met.