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January-March 2009


Alumni News — Jan-Mar 2009

April 1, 2009
Bay Area Legal Aid now boasts nine NCYL alumni on its staff. Some of the more recent additions are 2007 law clerks Shilpa Ram, a staff attorney, and Linnea Forsythe, an Equal Justice Works/Bingham McCutchen Fellow. Brian Blalock, who clerked at NCYL in summer 2006,…

At the Center — Jan-Mar 2009

April 1, 2009
NCYL Welcomes Attorney Susan Huang
Susan Huang has joined NCYL as a volunteer attorney working on the Center’s Juvenile Mental Health Court Initiative. Specifically, Susan is helping draft an amended protocol for Alameda County’s Juvenile Collaborative Court. The protocol is intended to serve as a

Funding News — Jan-Mar 2009

April 1, 2009

Thank You!

NCYL is delighted to acknowledge those who gave in 2008 to support our work for low-income and at-risk children.
General Support from Individuals, Family Foundations, and Donor Directed Funds
The Sandler Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
True Brown Foundation

NCYL Receives $50,000 from Bechtel Foundation

April 1, 2009
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has awarded NCYL $50,000 to improve the foster care system in California, with an emphasis on Bay Area counties. NCYL is working on a range of projects in California, including analysis of child welfare outcomes for each of the…

New Guidance On Delivering Health Services To CA Foster Youth

April 1, 2009
When a child enters foster care and needs medical treatment or a mental health evaluation, may a foster parent consent for the child’s care? A social worker?  What is the parent’s role?  Does a child have the right to consent or refuse care? Approximately 80,000

Success in Child Welfare Litigation: National Symposium Planned

April 1, 2009
More than 30 state child welfare systems are under court order to improve their policies and practices through systemic child welfare reform litigation. The court orders, standards, and requirements vary state-to-state, but there is consensus that substantial planning and collaboration are ultimately necessary for reform…

NCYL Works to Reform Juvenile Justice Systems in Arkansas and Wyoming

April 1, 2009


NCYL continues its work to reform the juvenile justice system in Arkansas, partnering with the Division of Youth Services (DYS) and other stakeholders. The goal of the reform effort is to reduce the use of secure detention to address the problems of youth in…