News Archive

Announcing the launch of CHAMPS

YLC is excited about the launch of CHAMPS, a national communications and policy campaign focused on quality parenting! Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of YLC, is co-chairing this campaign, which brings diverse partners together, drawing on the leadership and success of our Quality Parenting Initiative sites, to re-orient child welfare policy and practice around excellent parenting. We are […]

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Brief Argues Against Harmful Criminalization of Children

Youth Law Center, with more than a dozen others across the nation, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in A.M. v. Holmes, challenging the arrest of a 13-year-old New Mexico boy for “fake burping” and laughing in class. As the brief explains, criminalizing normal childhood behavior isn’t just excessive, unnecessary, and legally […]

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017

YLC Welcomes Lucy Salcido Carter and Becky Wildman-Tobriner

The Youth Law Center is pleased to announce the hiring of our newest staff members: Lucy Salcido Carter and Becky Wildman-Tobriner.  Lucy joined the YLC staff in December 2016 to serve as policy advocate to provide policy leadership and support to a wide range of YLC efforts including the Quality Parenting Initiative, grant-funded projects, and […]

Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Former Unsung Hero Recognized

Youth Law Center is proud to have recognized Tung Nguyen in 2013 as one of our Unsung Heroes for his advocacy on S.B. 260, historic California legislation we co-sponsored that gave juveniles tried in the adult system an opportunity to show maturity, growth, and rehabilitation through a carefully crafted sentencing review process.  On December 28, 2016, […]

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

YLC Seeks Finance Director and Development Director

YLC is looking to hire two  talented and committed individuals to join for our team.  We are searching for a Director of Finance and Administration to oversee and guide our finance, business planning, accounting, human resources, IT and administrative functions.  We are looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator.  Both positions will work directly with […]

Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016

YLC Helps End Placement Disruption for Crossover Youth

The Youth Law Center successfully advocated for the issuance of clarifying guidance by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) that will stop the automatic placement disruption and separation of siblings in foster care when a foster youth comes into contact with the juvenile justice system. Despite longstanding state law permitting dependents and wards to […]

Posted Monday, November 28th, 2016

Victory: Prop 57 Abolishes Direct File in Adult Court

After years of advocacy to eliminate the practice of prosecutors directly filing juvenile cases in adult criminal  court, the Youth Law Center celebrates the passage of  Proposition 57, The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. While Proposition 57 encompassed a number of criminal justice reforms, its primary impact for youth is to require that a […]

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2016

YLC to Honor Unsung Heroes on December 12, 2016

Each year the Youth Law Center recognizes people who have made a difference in the lives of our clients during the past year at its Loren Warboys Unsung Heroes Reception.  This year’s honorees have helped improve the lives of children and youth involved in the nation’s foster care and justice systems.  It is our pleasure […]

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

New Law Protects Foster Youth from Unfair Detention

The Youth Law Center is pleased that Governor Brown has signed AB 2813 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom.  This bill, sponsored by the Youth Law Center,  protects children and youth in foster care from being needlessly detained in juvenile hall due to their foster care status, harmonizing the standards used by a probation officer to detain […]

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Victory for Youth Exiting Foster Care

On September 25, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1849 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson.  This bill, co-sponsored by the Youth Law Center and Children Now, clarifies instructions about Medi-Cal coverage for youth exiting foster care at age 18 or older.  AB 1849 will reduce barriers to foster youth receiving the extended health coverage to which […]

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Trauma Screening Bill for At-Risk Children Vetoed

Governor Brown dealt a serious set-back to children in foster care in vetoing SB 1466, which would have ensured that children on Medi-Cal receive expert-recommended trauma screenings. When left unaddressed, trauma in childhood causes long term harm, from heightened risk of illness, substance abuse, and premature death to increased learning problems and a greater chance […]

Posted Friday, September 30th, 2016

Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Use of Out of State Group Homes

Youth Law Center is disappointed by the Governor’s veto of AB 2005, as we believe there should be greater care in the high-stakes placement process for youth who are supervised by probation and put at risk of being sent out of state to harmful group homes, hundreds and even thousands of miles from home.  We […]

Posted Friday, September 30th, 2016