Youth Rights & Emancipation

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

Are you being forced to sext? Are they threatening to share it with everyone?

Emancipation is a way for children to become adults before 18.

If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email. Check out "Ask TEEN LINE", find resources in Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.

Patient confidentiality for teens, sexual health medical care, abortion access, sex education, and insurance considerations.

What kind of support can I expect from the other parent? What if we are not married? What if the other parent and I don"t agree about important decisions in our child"s life?

This guide discusses privacy-related laws in education and covers emerging issues in security and informational privacy. The issues covered here pertain to students in the K-12 grades as well as college-level records.

The materials on this page address some of the federal and state laws that impact access to adolescent medical records and help clarify when parents, teens and others may access an adolescent"s record.

What is the school and officers allowed to do?

Your rights when pregnant in foster care, detention, or probation.

The relevant legal rules in the state's laws.

Get information about receiving Medi-Cal coverage until age 26 regardless of income and how to apply for the FFY program.

Info about abortion, adoption, counseling, and services for you.

Getting a restraining order to protect yourself is not just for adults or people who are married. Many states understand that young people are experiencing abuse, and have made sure that their laws allow teens and young adults to be protected.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

This publication gives an overview of the federal and state provisions requiring schools to protect students from anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination.

Read the laws about: abortion, abuse, healthcare confidentiality, delinquency, dependency, mental health, consent, reproductive health, school health services, and STDs.

Learn about one's rights as a foster youth

The Fair Play Act is a CA law that requires equal treatment of girls and boys in community youth competitive athletics programs hosted by Parks & Rec Departments of California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

You have rights to care regardless of your identity.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

Not sure if you're pregnant? Info about health care options.

What are your rights on the job?

What are the responsibilities of the complainant, the local agency, and the California Department of Education?

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.

You have the right to receive an equal education.

Identify abuse and know your relationship type.

Info about sex ed, age of consent, LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, condoms, birth control, abortion, pregnancy, emergency contraception, sexting.

As a student, you have rights at school: dress codes & uniforms, student expression, searches of students, school discipline, cell phone privacy, LGBTQ, pregnant & parenting students, social media, foster youth, file a complaint.