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Highlights of Our Work – March 2017

Finding Safe, Supportive Homes for Teens in Foster Care ›

NCYL recently kicked off a 50-state study to identify state laws and regulations that either help or hinder placement of foster teens in safe, supportive homes before they age-out of the foster care system. Teens that are still in foster care through adolescence face grim prospects. Foster youth are often cut off from government services when they turn 18 or 21. These teens often end up returning to the same homes they were removed from without proper services, or can end up homeless or incarcerated. While some aspects of federal and state law promote safe reunification with families, adoption, or legal guardianship, others serve as barriers.

NCYL is conducting the 50-state study with top researchers from UC Berkeley and the Child & Family Policy Institute of California, and generous support from Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Over a dozen pro bono attorneys have signed up to analyze the laws and regulations of each of the 50 states. Our research findings will be used to guide future policy and practice decisions.

A special thank you to Morgan Lewis, Latham & Watkins, Wilmer Hale, Fenwick & West and the Office of the Metro Nashville Public Defender for providing pro bono support for this critical project.

The Foster Care Docket is Back›

We have updated our website,, to better reflect the broad array of strategies we use to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth. The updated website is now organized around our campaigns and their related strategies.

As part of this update we have restored our online foster care docket. The Foster Care Docket tracks foster care reform litigation throughout the country and is the most comprehensive database of this litigation available. Cases in the docket may be searched by state, keyword, and procedural and substantive issues.

Foster Youth Advocate Honored ›

NCYL Foster Youth Advocate Tisha Ortiz will receive the “Young Leader Award”  at the Second Annual Creative Advocacy event sponsored by Young Minds Advocacy. The San Francisco event to fight stigma and support youth mental health advocacy, will take place on April 29th. For more details click here.