In implementing its mission and vision, YLC has a series of specific goals derived from our experience, our knowledge of the law, and our most basic values.  Through our work, YLC seeks to:

  • Protect the civil and constitutional rights of children in foster care and the justice systems and eliminate abuse and neglect in all out-of-home settings.
  • Ensure that all children, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religion, receive appropriate services in foster care and the justice systems. These services shall include appropriate education, transitional, health care, mental health care and other rehabilitative services.
  • Reduce the number of children who are incarcerated, in congregate care, or otherwise removed from their homes and communities, when they can be appropriately served in less restrictive settings.
  • Eliminate the prosecution of children in adult court and the incarceration of children in adult facilities.
  • Help children in foster care and the justice systems to maintain connections to their families and communities and achieve permanency.
  • Improve access to high quality legal representation for children in the child welfare and justice systems.

YLC addresses these goals through 10 core areas of Action & Litigation, which is supported by a track record of Accomplishments.  For further information, see the Action & Litigation section of this site.