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Urge Governor Brown to Sign AB 2005

Urge the Governor to sign AB 2005 so California can have more informed and careful decision-making when out-of-state congregate care is under consideration for probation-supervised youth. The stakes are high for these young people. Taking them far away from their home communities can have a devastating impact on their futures as critical links to family, […]

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Help the Louisiana QPI Community Hit by Flooding

Last Wednesday foster parents, youth, birth parents, social workers, judges, administrators and community partners from across Louisiana came together to start their QPI journey. The excitement and energy in the room was inspiring. Today, sadly, many of the people in that room, their friends and colleagues have lost their homes and possessions to the floods […]

Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

YLC asks Court to Depublish Opinion in Ivan N.

YLC filed a request with the California Supreme Court to depublish In re Ivan N, a recently issued California Court of Appeal opinion holding that foster youth education rights do not apply to probation supervised foster youth.  The court badly misinterpreted several statutory provisions that are critical in ensuring that probation-supervised foster youth are treated equitably and […]

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016

YLC Writes Amicus Letter to Support Right to Quality Education

YLC filed a letter in support of the Petition for Review in two cases that were consolidated for appeal, Campaign for Quality Education v. State of California and Robles-Wong v. State of California.  The cases present a core question particularly important to court involved youth – whether the fundamental right to education under the California […]

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016

Fulfilling the Promise of Gault

Youth Law Center is proud to be a co-sponsor of a conference “celebrating” the 50th Anniversary of the landmark decision In re Gault, which affirmed a child’s right to an attorney in delinquency proceedings.  The conference entitled, Fulfilling the Promise of Gault – Due Process and Effective Advocacy for Youth in the 21st Century,” examines how the […]

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Expanded SSI Application Window for Foster Kids

The federal government recently extended the time for foster youth to apply for SSI from 90 days to 6 months prior to leaving foster care. The extension will be piloted for one year, starting August 1, 2016, while the SSA assesses if it decreases gaps in coverage for disabled youth who are eligible.  Youth Law […]

Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Youth Law Center Co-Sponsors Court School Forum

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Youth Law Center is co-sponsoring a forum on education for youth in the juvenile justice system.  The event entitled, “Education Reform’s Missed Opportunity: Young People in California’s Court Schools,” will address the failure of the juvenile justice system to meet the educational needs of kids in their care. Jennifer Rodriguez […]

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016

YLC Seeks Fellow for Juvenile Justice Education Project

The Youth Law Center (YLC) is seeking applications from third-year law students and judicial clerks who are interested in working on juvenile justice and child welfare advocacy issues and in applying for fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Foundation, or other sponsored fellowships. For a fellowship to begin in September 2017, […]

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016

Groups Demand Due Process for Immigrant Youth

YLC signed on to a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, urging the Attorney General to halt the government’s ongoing practice of pursuing deportation proceedings against children who do not have counsel and to guarantee that every child facing deportation is provided a lawyer.   The government routinely brings children, many of them as young […]

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Schools in Juvenile Justice Get an “F”

New America Media recently posted an article about the failure of California’s juvenile court schools to educate youth in their care.  The article cited Youth Law Center’s 2016 study “Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California’s Juvenile Court Schools,” which reported that juvenile court schools have very poor outcomes for […]

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth – Progress!

The Youth Law Center, along with ChildrenNOW and NHeLP, has been working to ensure implementation of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require states to provide health care coverage up to age 26 for youth who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and were enrolled in Medicaid while in foster care.  The […]

Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

YLC Releases Report on Failure of CA’s Juvenile Court Schools

This week Youth Law Center released a study, funded by the California Wellness Foundation, on the education system for youth confined to detention facilities within California’s juvenile justice system. In the report, entitled Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools, Youth Law Center examines areas of challenge […]

Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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