Jennifer Rodriguez interviewed for!

YLC’s Executive Director Jennifer Rodriguez spoke with Emil Ekvardt of for part of their ongoing podcast series on why the foster care system must prioritize love and strong childhood relationships and YLC’s efforts to use new research to drive positive change. Click here to listen to the full interview!

YLC submits comments to CDSS on proposed budget trailer

YLC recently submitted comments to the CDSS on the initial print version of the proposed budget trailer bill implementing the 2018 federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) to raise concerns primarily about the timing and coordination of key elements of the case planning process and the adequacy of equitable provisions governing probation supervised foster youth. […]

YLC sponsoring AB 103 – Dual Enrollment for Court School Students

YLC is proud to sponsor AB 103 (Holden), which will clarify the law to improve access to dual enrollment classes for youth in court and alternative schools. Current law is unclear as to whether County Offices of Education, which run court schools, can participate in College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) dual enrollment partnerships. AB […]

New advocacy resource to support stability of youth tenants in THP-Plus

Youth Law Center and Bay Area Legal Aid have created a new resource that we hope will be useful to your advocacy. Ensuring Stability and Success for Youth Tenants in THP-Plus was developed to help civil legal advocates initiate capacity-building conversations about transition planning with THP-Plus providers and the county agencies that oversee them. THP-Plus is a transitional program for former foster […]

The time is now, stop institutionalizing children

  At any given time, there are approximately 42,823 children housed in institutions and other group facilities. The trends of abuse, lack of mental health support, and racial inequality within child welfare institutions have harmed children and families for too long – and our history clearly shows that you cannot fix a fundamentally bad practice. […]