Special Projects

Psychdrugs Action Campaign

Too many foster children are prescribed too many psychotropic medications. NCYL is working with policy makers to ensure that foster children are not over medicated, yet get the treatment they need. more »

Information Sharing

When multiple agencies are involved in a child’s life, better information sharing can improve how systems serve youth. It is important to be able to share information to provide effective services. However, it is also crucial to protect information that is inappropriate or illegal to share because of privacy concerns. NCYL helps agencies develop information-sharing strategies and mechanisms that balance the need for information with privacy needs, thereby leading to better care and services for youth. more »

Implicit Bias

We believe implicit bias is responsible for many of the persistent racial disparities in the juvenile justice system and can explain some of the persistent racial disparities in the systems that feed into the juvenile justice system. NCYL is working to address how implicit bias affects decision-making in the school-to-prison-pipeline and the juvenile justice system. Our goal is to develop effective strategies that can be used by juvenile justice and educational professionals to reduce racial disparities. more »


FosterEd improves the educational outcomes of students in foster care or on probation. We develop and implement pilot programs to ensure each student has an educational champion: a caring adult that plays the role of an informed parent in that child's life. We use the lessons learned in our demonstration sites to inform system-level change on behalf of students in the foster care and probation systems. more »

Child Trafficking

Every day, thousands of children across America are bought and sold for sex. NCYL advocates on behalf of this highly vulnerable population with the goal of preventing trafficking and effectively intervening with children that do fall victim. NCYL raises public awareness about the plight of these children and helps formulate and implement public policies that will address their needs effectively. more »