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January-March 2014


Alumni News — Jan-Mar 2014

April 1, 2014
Former NCYL volunteer Michelle Forrest is now working as an attorney doing family law for a law firm in San Jose, McManis Faulkner.  Michelle recently visited NCYL and told John O’Toole that she is very happy practicing family law and is getting great litigation experience. …

At the Center — Jan-Mar 2014

April 1, 2014

NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative Welcomes Marc Berkman

Marc Berkman is an attorney and director of NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative (FosterEd) in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for planning and implementing FosterEd’s project in Los Angeles. Prior to joining NCYL, he served as

Funding News — Jan-Mar 2014

April 1, 2014

2013 Donors

Thank You! NCYL is grateful to the generous donors who support our work to help children in need.

Foundations, Government, and Organizations

$200,000 or more
The Arizona Community Foundation and Helios Education Foundation
The Atlantic Philanthropies/NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
S.D. Bechtel,…

President’s Budget to Address Psychotropic Drugs and Foster Youth

April 1, 2014
In early March of 2014, when President Barack Obama announced his budget proposal, many child advocates were encouraged to see that he had included at least $750 million for a five-year demonstration project (a partnership between Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration…

NCYL Launches Blog Focused on Psych Drugs and Foster Youth

April 1, 2014
Too many children in foster care are medicated with too many psychotropic drugs. Tens of thousands of foster children of all ages are being medicated with psychotropic drugs in ways likely to harm them: high dosages, multiple prescriptions, and insufficient monitoring. In March, the National…

Has There Really Been a Decline in Obesity Rates for Young Children?

April 1, 2014
By Bryn Martyna A recent New York Times front-page article touted a dramatic 43-percent drop in obesity rates for children ages two to five from 2003-04 to 2011-12.1 This article, along with others in many other major news outlets, was accompanied by much celebration…

Federal Guidance Seeks to End Discriminatory School Discipline

April 1, 2014
By Hannah Benton On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (DOE and DOJ, respectively) issued guidance to public elementary and secondary schools about administering school discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin (School Discipline Guidance or…