recent activites Archive

Jennifer Rodriguez Appointed to Presidential Commission

The Youth Law Center is proud to announce that President Obama has appointed Jennifer Rodriguez, our Executive Director, to the Presidential Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.  Jennifer is one of six Presidential appointees to the Commission which will be chaired by David Sanders, Executive Vice President of the Casey Family Programs, and […]

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2013

YLC Supports SSI for Children with Disabilities

The Youth Law Center joined advocates across the country to respond to a New York Times Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof that mischaracterized the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program for children.   The SSI Coalition for Children and Families said that Kristof’s piece, “Profiting from a Child’s Illiteracy,” painted a dangerous false choice between investing in early […]

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

YLC Explores the Use of Affidavits in Juvenile Cases

This year’s National Juvenile Defender Summit, held October 26-28, 2012 in San Juan Puerto Rico, featured YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell in a workshop on “Bolstering Your Case: Innovative Uses of Declarations and Affidavits.”  With Simmie Baer and Dr. Marty Beyer, Sue explored ways to use expert opinions to effectively highlight aspects of the defense […]

Posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Baby Elmo Project Blog

The Vera Institute of Justice, Family Justice Program is running a blog written by a young man at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Ohio and his experience with the Baby Elmo Project. The Youth Law Center and Rachel Barr, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Georgetown University, are working with the facility in […]

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Supporting Young Adults Training

The Youth Law Center, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Bay Area Legal Aid will be providing training on Supporting Young Adults at the Traveling Training sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California on November 2, 2012 in Riverside. Title:  Supporting Young Adults: Cash, Medi-Cal, and Housing for Transition Age Youth Name of Trainers:  […]

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Two AB 12 Trainings

Alice Bussiere, Youth Law Center Staff Attorney, Brian Blalock, Bay Area Legal Aid,  and Rebecca Marcus, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, provided training on extended foster care benefits under AB 12 to San Francisco public defenders and panel attorneys on September 18, 2012. On September 19, 2012, Maria Ramiu, Youth Law Center Managing Director, Brian […]

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Jennifer Rodriguez Featured in National NCYC Webcast

On September 12th, Jennifer Rodriguez, YLC Executive Director, presented on a National Center for Youth In Custody webinar titled “Creating and Sustaining Improved Conditions for Youth In Custody”. Jennifer’s presentation focused on how litigation can be one important tool among others for addressing specific issues that impact incarcerated youth. Additionally, Jennifer’s presentation covered the need […]

Posted Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

YLC Presents at Camp Sweeney

On August 20, 2012, YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell, and Summer Intern Rebekah DeHaven presented a “Know Your Rights” workshop to some 50 young men at Alameda County’s Camp Wilmot Sweeney. Youth are committed to the camp from juvenile court and the normal commitment length is six months. Most of the youth are 16 or […]

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2012

YLC Presentation at APHA Conference

On September 11th, Jennifer Rodriguez, YLC Executive Director, presented at the American Public Humane Association’s conference for Public Welfare Attorneys. Jennifer facilitated a panel of foster youth who discussed the need for the audience of state and local child welfare agency attorneys to take an approach that helps their agency clients remember their mission of […]

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

YLC Part of CDSS “Continuum of Care” Workgroup

On September 6th, Youth Law Center staff participated in the first meeting of the CDSS “Continuum of Care: Roadmap to Reform” workgroup. This workgroup is tasked with several foster care reform tasks including new guidelines for use of congregate care, and revising rates, services, and programs. Specifically, CDSS reform goals include: care based on an […]

Posted Friday, September 7th, 2012

YLC and CDSS Host CDSS Director Webcast for Foster Parents

On August 28th, the Youth Law Center and California Department of Social Services co-hosted a webinar for California foster families on current important issues in providing excellent care to children. CDSS Director Will Lightbourne responded to questions presented from foster parents and youth in Sonoma, San Luis Obispo, Tuolomne, Alameda and Glenn counties. Issues covered […]

Posted Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

QPI Advisory Committee Webcast

Immediately following CDSS Director Will Lightbourne’s webcast on August 28th, the Youth Law Center held an advisory committee meeting for our Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) project. During this webinar, several QPI counties presented about their project efforts. San Luis Obispo discussed their foster parent mentor program, Tuolomne presented on developing standards for excellence in foster […]

Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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