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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

CECANF Releases Final Report

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF)  has released its final recommendations for developing a national strategy to reduce fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. The report outlines 10 recommendations to help organizations and communities implement a strategic response to protect children at high risk of fatality from abuse or neglect. CECANF  was established […]

Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Robin Goldfaden and Javier Stauring Join YLC

YLC is pleased to announce the hiring of new staff members Robin Goldfaden and Javier Stauring. Both Robin and Javier joined YLC in February and bring impressive advocacy skills and passion for the children YLC serves. Robin Goldfaden joins YLC as a senior staff attorney focused on a range of issues central to YLC’s efforts […]

Posted Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

YLC Unsung Hero Appointed as CA Foster Care Ombudsman

The California Department of Social Services has just named Rochelle Trochtenberg to be the new California Foster Care Ombudsman.  The office is responsible for educating foster youth about their rights and how to report violations.  It also investigates and resolves individual complaints.  Rochelle is a former foster youth who grew up in California’s child welfare system […]

Posted Friday, February 26th, 2016
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