NCYL works to ensure children and youth in foster care benefit from a positive and stable home-like environment. We dismantle practices that harm children in foster care, ensure youth in foster care have access to health care and education, and promote youth-, community-, and family-centered policies that preserve families and reduce reliance on the foster care system.
We litigate in partnership with, and on behalf of, youth to hold foster care systems accountable. We also work with students in foster care to confront challenges in accessing education and to identify opportunities for reform. Additionally, NCYL convenes a Youth Advisory Board made up of current and former foster youth who lead strategies to ensure all young people in foster care receive adequate and appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and support.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
Decades-old Lawsuit to Reform Washington’s Foster Care System Is Resolved
NCYL Leader Jesse Hahnel Steps Down
Kansas foster kids get moved around less often, but some still have to sleep in offices
Maryland foster children are being kept overnight in hotels and downtown office buildings
The Baltimore Banner
Kansas to pay $2.2M in legal costs in child welfare lawsuit
Can A Court Victory Provide Refuge For Foster Youth?
Telling Our Own Stories: Former Foster Youth Experiences With Barriers And Healing During Covid-19
Compassionate Education Systems: Antelope Valley Progress Report
District Leadership Checklist for Supporting the Unique Needs of Students in Foster Care, Experiencing Homelessness or in the Juvenile Justice System
Supporting the Mental Health of Youth in Juvenile Court - Resource Guide and Bench Cards
Building Champions for Students In New Mexico's Foster Care: FosterEd New Mexico Progress Update
Where We Focus
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