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Public Counsel’s program for transition age foster youth includes:

Jennifer Alfaro, attorney
Larissa Castanon, administrative assistant
Sandra Jimenez, foster youth advocate
Susan McClure, supervising staff attorney
Bernadette Gholami, foster youth advocate
Liza Davis, staff attorney
Mara Ziegler, senior social worker
Gretchen Peterson-Fisher, staff attorney(not pictured)

My Life My Rights is an online version of The ABC’s of Transition and The Independent Living Program Informational Manual for Transitioning Foster Youth and Their Caregivers© Fourth Edition 2013, a publication of Public Counsel.

This publication is copyrighted. All rights reserved. No part can be copied or reproduced without permission of Public Counsel. Public Counsel is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

While this publication is designed to provide accurate and current information about the law, readers should contact an attorney or other expert for advice in particular cases, and should also consult the relevant statutes and court decisions when relying on cited material, as the laws might change.

We thank the Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, the Eisner Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their generous support of our Transition Age Foster Youth Program, including the development, publication, and distribution of this manual.

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Public Counsel serves those in need of justice by providing legal representation with the support of the nation’s largest private law firms, top law schools and corporations.

Learn more at www.publiccounsel.org.