States Change How They Recruit Foster Parents

By Kelli Kennedy  |  The Miami Herald  —   For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean? Are their dogs safe and vaccinated? Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they […]

Posted Saturday, December 31st, 2011

YLC at Beyond the Bench

Youth Law Center attorneys Alice Bussiere, Jennifer Rodriguez and Sue Burrell spoke at the statewide Beyond the Bench Conference held December 14-16, 2011 in San Francisco, sponsored by the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children and the Courts. This year’s conference was the 21st Beyond the Bench, and […]

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Youth Law Center Honors Unsung Heroes

San Francisco, California — The Youth Law Center announced today that it will give its highest honor to four leading individuals from around the country for their extraordinary contributions to improve the lives of children and youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. The Youth Law Center will award a prestigious “Loren Warboys […]

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2011

Zeanah Shauffer Dozier Article Just Published

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has just published an article entitled, Foster Care for Young Children: Why It Must Be Developmentally Informed, in their December issue. It was written by Youth Law Center’s Executive Director, Carole Shauffer, Dr. Charles H. Zeanah with the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood […]

Posted Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Loren Warboys Unsung Heroes 2011

Each year, the Youth Law Center presents the Loren Warboys Unsung Hero award to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to improve the lives of at-risk youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This year’s awardees are: Cassandra Gonzalez Cassandra Gonzalez is the mother of two beautiful little girls and a community activist/youth […]

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2011

YLC Board Member Interviewed on CNN

On November 11, 2011, Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center and YLC Board member, was interviewed on CNN about sexual harassment of students in light of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) newly released report on sexual harassment in schools, titled “Crossing the Line.” Ms. […]

Posted Monday, November 14th, 2011

Orange County JDAI Training

Youth Law Center attorneys Sue Burrell, Deborah Escobedo and Maria Ramiu conducted a facility assessment training for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) on November 3rd and 4th. The Orange County, California JDAI site hosted the two-day training on how to conduct a juvenile detention facility assessment using the JDAI conditions of confinement standards and […]

Posted Monday, November 7th, 2011

YLC – One of the Top Nonprofits Working with At-Risk Youth

The Huffington Post published an article today called “Who’s rescuing foster kids, runaways, and high school dropouts?” and the Youth Law Center is listed because it has been identified as one of the top nonprofits working with at-risk youth in the U.S. You can check out the slideshow here: Slideshow .

Posted Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Sue Burrell Presents at NJDC Leadership Summit

On October 21, 2011, Youth Law Center Staff Attorney Sue Burrell co-presented “An Underutilized Tool for Change: Making Public Record & FOIA Requests,” at the National Juvenile Defender Center Leadership Summit in Seattle, Washington. With Brad Peterson from North Dakota, and Julie Valencia from Washington, Sue spoke about the mechanics and strategies involved in seeking […]

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2011

Marin Says ‘Yes’ to Panic Button, ‘No’ to Closing Court

By Trey Bundy  |  The Bay Citizen  —   After two years of contentious debate over how to improve security at Marin County’s juvenile court, attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, and court officials finally came to an agreement this week. The court will add more surveillance cameras, a magnetic screener, and a panic button — the standard equipment found […]

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Recent Legislation Supported by YLC

Governor Brown signed a number of bills this month that we supported and will help children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Here’s a list of the bills, now law: AB 9 – Bullying AB 212 – AB 12 cleanup AB 735 – Priority in state internships for former dependent foster […]

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2011

TRO Granted in S.H. v. Reed

The court in S.H. v. Reed, issued a temporary restraining order on Octover 12, 2011, against the state prohibiting the Ohio Department of Youth Services from deploying in juvenile facilities special tactics units from the adult department of corrections that use pepper spray and other uses of force prohibited in the settlement in S.H. The […]

Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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