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January-March 2015

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January – March 2015 VOLUME XXXIV No. 1


AB 854: Expanding Support for Foster Education

April 1, 2015
On February 26, 2015, Assemblymember Shirley Weber of San Diego introduced AB 854, legislation sponsored by NCYL’s Foster-Ed initiative. This bill would update California’s Foster Youth Services program (FYS) to support school district implementation of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for foster…

Settlement Concludes Years of Child Welfare Work in Nevada

April 1, 2015
On January 9, 2015, the federal district court in Nevada approved a settlement agreement awarding $1.575 million in damages in the lawsuit of Henry A. v. Willden.  The settlement marked the conclusion of nearly a decade of work by the National Center for Youth Law…

Curbing the Misuse of Psychiatric Medications in Foster Care

April 1, 2015
In 2011 the Federal Government Accounting Office issued a report finding numerous problems in the use of psychotropic drugs on foster children. According to report nearly one in four children in foster care are receiving powerful psychotropic drugs. Of all children taking psychotropic medications in…

Alumni News – Jan-Mar 2015

April 1, 2015
Former Law Clerk Demoya Gordon has accepted a position as attorney at Lambda Legal in New York City. Former Summer Law Clerk Jessie Brown is now Associate General Counsel at the American Council on Education in Washington, DC.  Jessie graduated from Harvard Law School in…

Eureka City Schools Agree To Increase Inclusiveness, And Ensure Fair Discipline

April 1, 2015
NCYL and the ACLU reached a settlement agreement with the Eureka City Schools that resolves a lawsuit filed last year.   Under the agreement, the district will implement a community-wide collaborative process aimed at cultivating a positive and inclusive school climate where all students feel welcome…

2014 Donors

April 1, 2015
Thank you! NCYL is grateful for the generous donors who support our work to help children in need.


$200,000 or more Arizona Community Foundation Helios Education Foundation Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Louis R. Lurie Foundation Sandler Foundation of the Jewish Community…

Victory For Homeless Athlete Lowers Barriers For Homeless Students

March 31, 2015
by Stephanie Krol and Leecia Welch The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) recently won an important legal victory against the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) on behalf of Zach Sanchez, a homeless youth living in Weaverville, California.  CIF, the governing body of interscholastic sports in…

At the Center – Jan-Mar 2015

March 26, 2015

Neha Desai Joins NCYL as Staff Attorney

Neha Desai has been working with and on behalf of vulnerable families for over a decade.  After graduating from Berkeley School of Law in 2006, Neha was a Zubrow Fellow and then a staff attorney at the Juvenile…