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.