We work to ensure that all children have equitable access to whole-health care and support that meets their physical, emotional and psycho-social needs. We aim to dismantle the barriers to care that children and youth experience, including involvement in foster care or juvenile justice systems, implicit bias in the health system, and housing or economic instability.
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 appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and support. Additionally, our policy work engages youth through community-based partners, and we work directly with youth to file litigation.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
Schools Sued For Sending Students With Disabilities To Psych Wards
Palm Beach County schools sued over their use of Baker Act to send kids to psych wards
Palm Beach Post
State reaches deal to improve education, mental services for incarcerated youths
Schools face mental health crisis among students as pandemic trauma remains
Senator Anthony Portantino Speaks on the Importance of Mental Health Awareness
Editorial: County schools must repudiate use of Baker Act
The Palm Beach Post
Ensuring California Youth in Foster Care Receive Gender Affirming and Reproductive Health Care
A Young Person's Guide to Accessing Affordable Mental Health Services Under Medi-Cal
Judicial Bench Guide: Supporting the Mental Health of Children & Youth in Family Court
Fostering Parenthood the Podcast
Judicial Bench Guide: Supporting the Mental Health of Children & Youth in Probate Guardianship Proceedings
Help us realize our mission to Center Youth and create a world where every child thrives.