News Archive

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

Appeals Court Again Reverses Disposition for Immigrant Youth

The California Court of Appeal has issued a second opinion confirming that the juvenile court is not required to turn youth over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to an ICE detainer.  In re Y.V., Case No. A142355.  The Youth Law Center served as amicus curiae and was represented by Baker & McKenzie. The Appeals […]

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Alice Bussiere Participates in Webinar on Families First Act

Staff attorney Alice Bussiere participated in Foster Youth in Action’s first public hot topics webinar: State Policies on Non-Family Foster Care Settings.  The webinar focused on the proposed Families First Act and other policy issues. The proposed act is intended to increase early intervention to reduce foster care entry and also to prevent prolonged stays […]

Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

DHCS Launches Web Page for Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

DHCS has launched a web page on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth.  This site is a great resource and contains information about receiving Medi-Cal coverage until age 26 regardless of income and instructions on how to apply for the FFY program.    

Posted Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

YLC Honors Unsung Heroes on December 7, 2015

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 Monday, November 23rd, 2015

YLC Releases Survey/Recommendations on Congregate Care

At the Youth Law Center we are continuing our work to ensure that children and youth who must be removed from home are placed in family settings rather than in congregate care facilities.  We have just released a paper entitled “State Policies on Non-Family Foster Care Settings.”  The paper surveys state policies that restrict congregate care […]

Posted Monday, November 9th, 2015

YLC Staff Position Available

The Youth Law Center is seeking a full time attorney with a minimum of seven years of experience in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system, or a closely-related field, to play a leadership role in our advocacy on behalf of youth in the child welfare and justice systems.   Job Announcement  

Posted Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Child Welfare Bill

YLC celebrates Governor Brown’s signing of AB 403, a landmark bill that will move child welfare and probation away from reliance on unnecessary congregate care placement and towards developing capacity for children to be raised in families! These changes align California policy with child development research that establishes the importance of parenting as the most […]

Posted Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Governor Brown Signs Juvenile Defender Training Bill

YLC celebrates the signing of AB 703 (Bloom) by Governor Brown, which we co-sponsored with the East Bay Children’s Law Offices.  The legislation recognizes the important role of juvenile defenders and clarifies their ethical duties.  It makes clear that defenders are to represent the minor’s expressed interests, honor the duty of confidentiality with the client, […]

Posted Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Action Alert on Congregate Care Bill

Tell Governor Brown Children in Foster Care Deserve Families, Not Institutions –Now is the time to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 403! Children have the right to grow up in a family — in fact, it is a basic developmental need. Every child needs a family who can provide hands-on parenting through love, commitment, […]

Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015