- Photo: Harry Cutting
Juvenile justice systems around California are awakening to the needs of a new population: girls. As girls enter the delinquency system in ever-increasing numbers, several California counties have established new delinquency courts and treatment programs tailored specifically to girls and their unique issues and needs. cont'd...
More than 13,000 children in California receive Kin-GAP benefits, a program that provides cash benefits and Medi-Cal to former foster children who are in a guardianship with a relative. Kin-GAP allows children whose parents cannot care for them to live in a stable, loving home. However, a recent administrative court decision confirms that the California Department of Social Services ("CDSS") has a policy that could unfairly terminate Kin-GAP benefits for hundreds of former foster children. cont'd...
New Initiative Seeks to Ensure Foster Youth Receive the Educational Advocacy and Opportunities They Need to Succeed
Foster children are taken from their families because they have experienced abuse or neglect. Bounced from home to home and school to school, their educational outcomes are tragically poor. NCYL's new foster youth education initiative seeks to ensure foster youth receive the educational advocacy and opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. cont'd...
NCYL is working to reform the juvenile justice system in Arkansas, partnering with the Division of Youth Services (DYS) and other stakeholders. cont'd...
The third annual survey of foster parents and other caregivers in Washington State shows significant gains in the number of children receiving monthly caseworker visits, and other improvements. The survey is part of the implementation of the Braam foster care reform settlement, reached in 2004 after NCYL and other advocates sued the state over deficiencies in the foster care system. cont'd...
Katayoon Majd, National Juvenile Defender Center
Jody Marksamer, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Carolyn Reyes, Legal Services for Children
Hidden Injustice represents the first effort to examine the experience of LGBT youth in juvenile courts across the country. The report is based on information collected from more than 400 surveys and 65 interviews with juvenile justice professionals, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, detention staff, and other juvenile justice advocates; focus groups and interviews of 55 youth who possess relevant firsthand experience; and an extensive review of relevant social science and legal research.
October 23: Litigation Strategies, Children's Right to Education and Counsel Summit, Northwestern Law School, Chicago, IL. NCYL Senior Attorney Bill Grimm
November 18-21: Civil Advocacy in Juvenile Mental Health Courts, National Legal Aid and Defender Association 2009 Annual Conference, Denver, CO. NCYL Deputy Director Patrick Gardner
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