Bill of Rights for Children and Youth

Adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2008, the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth serves as a statement of commitment and vision for providing services to children and youth in San Mateo County. These rights include the following opportunities for every young person to have:

  • 1. A healthy mind, body, and spirit that enable them to maximize their potential.
  • 3. Essential needs - get nutritious food, shelter, clothing, health care, and accessible transportation.
  • 5. Access to a 21st century education that promotes success in life, in future careers, and a love of life-long learning.
  • 7. Employment opportunities with protections from unfair labor practices.
  • 9. A voice in matters that affect them.
  • 2. A healthy attachment to a parent, guardian, or caregiver, and an ongoing relationship with a caring and supportive adult.
  • 4. A safe and healthy environment, including homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities
  • 6. Training in life skills that will prepare them to live independently, be self-sufficient, and contribute to their community.
  • 8.Freedom from mistreatment, abuse,and neglect.
  • 10. A sense of hope for their future