News Archive

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

Shackling in Transportation; Hobbling Fairness

On August 24, YLC demanded an end to indiscriminate shackling of juveniles being transported to court in Contra Costa County. The County shackles every child, irrespective of their offense. They are paraded down a public street in ankle chains, handcuffs, and waistbelts, under the watch of armed guards. Relatively few of the youth are detained […]

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Judge Orders Compliance with Flores Settlement by Oct. 23

United States District Court judge Dolly Gee ordered the Department of Homeland Security and other federal defendants to comply with the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Lynch by October 23, 2015.  The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement establishes requirements for the release of minors who have been detained by immigration officials and specifies the types of […]

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015

Judge Rules for Immigrant Children

United States District Court Judge Dolly Gee has ruled that immigrant children who are accompanied by a parent when they are detained by immigration officials are entitled to the protections of the Settlement Agreement in Flores v Johnson.  The judge found the Department of Homeland Security and other defendants in violation of the Settlement Agreement and issued an order for […]

Posted Tuesday, August 11th, 2015