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
NCYL Leader Jesse Hahnel Steps Down
No, a California law does not allow doctors to perform gender-affirming surgeries without parental consent
Will laws requiring California doctors to report abuse put out-of-state abortion patients at risk? Here’s what we know
San Francisco Chronicle
The GOP Could Stop Abortions for Child Migrants Who Are Victims of Rape
New law on mental health curriculum goes into effect with start of the new year
Newsom’s call: Governor’s final say on the top 21 bills of ’21
Fostering Parenthood the Podcast
Judicial Bench Guide: Supporting the Mental Health of Children & Youth in Probate Guardianship Proceedings
Telling Our Own Stories: Former Foster Youth Experiences With Barriers And Healing During Covid-19
School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans
Guidance for Mental Health Professionals Serving Unaccompanied Children Released from Government Custody
Help us realize our mission to Center Youth and create a world where every child thrives.