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July-September 2009


At the Center — July-Sept 2009

October 1, 2009
NCYL Welcomes New Finance Director Hayden Lilien
NCYL is pleased to welcome Hayden Lilien as the Center’s New Director of Finance. Hayden earned her B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida in 2002 and a joint JD/MBA from Stetson University College of Law in

Alumni News — July-Sept 2009

October 1, 2009
Former NCYL Assistant to the Director Katherine Alagar graduated last May from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College with a Master’s in Public Policy and Management. She is working as a budget analyst for the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB), part of

NCYL in the News — July-Sept 2009

October 1, 2009
Check out recent media coverage of NCYL and its work.

Mental Health

Op-ed, San Francisco Chronicle, on Access to Mental Health Care for “Out-of-County” Foster Youth: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Foster youths need access to mental health care By Zahra Hayat and Patrick Gardner

NCYL Working to Reform the Arkansas Juvenile Justice System

October 1, 2009
NCYL is working 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 trouble, and…

NCYL Launches New Foster Youth Education Initiative

October 1, 2009

New Initiative Seeks to Ensure Foster Youth Receive the Educational Advocacy and Opportunities They Need to Succeed

Foster children are taken from their families because they have experienced abuse or neglect. Bounced from home to home and school to school, their educational outcomes are tragically…

CA Denies Kin-GAP to Children in Delinquency Court

October 1, 2009
by Fiza Quraishi More than 13,000 children in California receive Kin-GAP benefits,1 a program that provides cash benefits and Medi-Cal to former foster children who are in a guardianship with a relative.  Kin-GAP allows children whose parents cannot care for them to live in…

Gender and Juvenile Justice: New Courts, Programs Address Needs of Girls

October 1, 2009
By Thomas Carroll
Juvenile justice systems around California are awakening to the needs of a new population: girls.  As girls enter the delinquency system in ever-increasing numbers, several California counties have established new delinquency courts and treatment programs tailored specifically to girls and their unique