Foster Care

NCYL improves foster care systems and supports laws and policies which promote the safety and well-being of children who have been abused or neglected.

Current Cases

Planned Parenthood V. Promesa Behavioral Health

February 25, 2016
The California Constitutional right to privacy protects the fundamental right of California women to retain personal control over the integrity of their bodies and to decide whether and when to parent. This Superior Court case challenges policies and practices which infringe on the constitutional privacy…

Braam v. DSHS

November 14, 2014
This case was originally brought by 13 current and former foster children seeking damages for injuries they suffered as a result of the state’s practice of shuttling them from one foster care placement to another. The case was then expanded to include a class of…

Henry A. v Willden

October 28, 2014
This lawsuit charges Nevada and Clark County officials with failing to protect the health and safety of children in foster care. The suit seeks money damages for 13 children named in the lawsuit, as well as system improvements for several classes of children that represent more than half of the 3,600 children in foster care in Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas.

Katie A. v. Bontá

December 14, 2008
NCYL is co-counsel in the case of Katie A. v. Bontá, a child welfare reform class action against the California Department of Health Services (DHS), Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The plaintiffs…

Dyer v. California Interscholastic Federation

November 14, 2008
NCYL won a major case in California, securing fair and equal treatment of foster youth who play high school sports. This victory could potentially affect thousands of foster youth in the state.…

David C. v. Huntsman

November 14, 1993
David C. is a child welfare reform class action brought in 1993, on behalf of all foster children and children reported as abused or neglected in the state of Utah. NCYL and Utah officials signed an agreement to end the case in May 2007. The…

Latest News

Two bills authored by O’Donnell await governor’s signature - Signal Tribune

September 1, 2016
Two bills authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to assist youth have won approval from the State Legislature this week. Legislation ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Legislature Aug. 30. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam…

Youth have a right to contraceptives - Vida en el Valle

June 3, 2016
Imagine for a moment that you are a vulnerable teenage girl in a situation where it is not possible or safe for you to live at home. You are here in Fresno County, which has among the state’s highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually