50 Year Legacy

National Center for Youth Law has advanced justice for children and youth since 1971. Civil rights is our legacy. Center Youth is our promise.

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Case establishes basic rights of children in foster care

Braam Lawsuit Vindicates Constitutional Rights of Foster Children in Washington State

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The 1980s

Throughout the 1980s, NCYL continued to pursue groundbreaking impact litigation, expand its policy work and serve as a resource for community-based legal programs that offered direct legal services to individuals with limited financial resources.


NCYL Establishes Itself As Expert in Adolescent Health Law with Early Court Wins 


Class Action Lawsuit Spurs Major Reforms in Arizona’s Juvenile Institutions


Congress Extends Housing Protections to Families with Children