Child Care Law Center
Ms. Furstenfeld’s expertise is in the areas of increasing access to child care for foster families and relative caregivers, improving the quality and safety in child care, and advocating for fair business and zoning laws for family child care home providers. Before coming to the Child Care Law Center, Ms. Furstenfeld worked as a consulting and volunteer immigration attorney.
Ms. Furstenfeld received her JD and Public Service Certificate from UC Davis in 2011. During law school, Ms. Furstenfeld served as a board member of the school’s co-operative child care, an organization where students donated their time to care for the children of law students. She also combined her legal knowledge and social work background to work on under-served children’s issues related to benefits, juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, special education, and immigration while clerking at the National Center for Youth Law, Legal Services for Children, East Bay Children’s Law Offices, and San Francisco Juvenile Public Defender’s Office. Before law school, Laurie was a social worker in a mental health special education classroom in the Oakland Unified School District.