May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize and highlight the experiences of those impacted by foster care systems. But at YLC, we know that our efforts to ensure all children and youth in the foster care system have the love and support they need to become thriving adults, are urgent every day of […]
The Youth Law Center‘s Quality Parenting Initiative invites your participation in the 2022 QPI Virtual National Conference, “Building the Movement Together: Excellent Parenting for Every Child, Every Day”. Over the past year, QPI has grown both geographically and in the diversity of partners involved. Each site and individual brings a unique approach to achieving excellent […]
In less than ten days, thousands of young people across the nation are at risk of aging out of foster care and being cut off from supports and services. YLC has released a new report today, in partnership with Think of Us, urging Congress to act immediately to extend all provisions of Division X of […]
“The pandemic has intensified every inequity for youth exiting foster care to crisis levels — homelessness, unemployment, physical and mental health crises and poverty. Far too many youth have not yet received the assistance they desperately need from The Supporting Foster Youth and Families Act through the Pandemic Act,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, the Executive Director […]
YLC’s Policy Director, Jenny Pokempner, recently authored a piece for the American Bar Association outlining 6 ways that advocates can help transition aged youth with experience in the foster care system benefit from the vital aid that was intended for them, but that many are not receiving. Click the here to read the full article.
Youth Law Center has recently developed a series of resources related to the various economic benefits available as a result of the Covid–19 pandemic, and specifically how and when those benefits are accessible to populations including current and formerly systems involved youth and young adults, foster and resource parents, kinship families and young people in detention settings. Check out […]
YLC is proud to be part of the #CheckForUs campaign, aiming to inform thousands of young people across the country that they are eligible for financial assistance and other supports through the older youth provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which became law at the end of 2020. In addition to creating a moratorium on […]
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.
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 […]
By Jocelyn Wiener | Sacramento Bee — Three years ago, Christopher Rambadt was stabbed to death along the American River. He was 22 years old and homeless, an emotionally disturbed, developmentally delayed young man who had been a ward of the state until he was 18. What would have happened if he had stayed in the state's care […]