Laws & Policy

We implement policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. Our work includes policy development, lobbying, coalition building, and community organizing.

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Improving FAFSA Completion for Youth in Foster Care (2020)

SB 860 (Beall)

California's SB 860 advances education equity for youth in foster care by improving coordination to support them with completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and ensure they have access to critical financial support to succeed in college.

Miranda Rights for Youth (2020)

SB 203 (Bradford)

In 2017, California passed SB 395, a law that prohibits police from interrogating youth under age 16 until the youth has had a chance to talk with an attorney about their rights. SB 395 sunsets January 2025.

Confidentiality and Sealing of Police Diversion Records (2020)

AB 2425 (Stone)

Ensures that youth diverted from the juvenile justice system are protected from the negative collateral consequences of a police record.

Eliminating Harmful Voluntary Probation (2020)

AB 901 (Gipson)

Ensures that youth who have not been accused of breaking the law are not subject to harmful justice system interventions.

Closing California's State Youth Prisons (2020)

SB 823 / AB 1868

This historic bill closes California state-run youth prisons.

Limiting the Time Youth Spend on Probation in California (2020)

SB 1134 (Beall)

This bill sought to limit the time youth spend on probation and require probation conditions be individually tailored.

Youth Reinvestment Grant (2019)

California Budget

NCYL advocated California continue to resource care, not cages, by renewing 2018 investments in the Youth Reinvestment Grant.

Fostering Success Fund (2019)

California Budget

The Fostering Success Fund seeks to increase the capacity of a community-based youth development system to treat foster children accused of low-level offenses appropriately.

Protecting Foster Youth from Abuse and Neglect (2019)

AB 395 (Rubio)

California does a poor job investigating cases of abuse and neglect of children in foster care. NCYL sought to protect the health and safety of children entrusted to the state's care by requiring timely investigations.