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July-September 2014


NCYL Asks California Court to Strengthen Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

October 1, 2014
NCYL wrote and coordinated signatories for an amicus brief urging the California Supreme Court to interpret California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) in light of its purpose: “to protect children from abuse and neglect.” The case, which is still pending before the California…

NCYL Presents to the California State Board of Education

October 1, 2014
On September 4, 2014, NCYL made a presentation to the California State Board of Education at a historic board hearing. It was the Board’s first update and discussion about the impact of the monumental Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law on students in foster care.…

Achieving Equal Educational Opportunities for Native American Youth: Lessons from Communities Working for Change

October 1, 2014
During the first visit to Indian Country by a United States President in fifteen years, President Obama recently described a crisis in Native American education.1 Although the President focused on tribal schools run by the federal government, which are some of the lowest performing schools in the country,2 Native American students across the United States suffer from inadequate educational opportunities.

Publications — July-Sept 2014

October 1, 2014

Trauma and Resilience

Juvenile Law Center This publication sets forth key risks and opportunities related to the use of trauma research in advocacy on behalf of youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and includes both courtroom advocacy strategies and policy recommendations.  It

Alumni News — July-Sept 2014

October 1, 2014
Former Law Clerk Emily Kernan is Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Lawyers For Children Inc. Emily started the Project as a Skadden Fellow after she graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007. The Project’s mission is to ensure that children in foster

At the Center — July-Sept 2014

October 1, 2014

NCYL Has a New Communications Director, Lewis Cohen

Lewis Cohen is the Director of Communications. Mr. Cohen is a former Deputy Mayor of Oakland, California and served as the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Education. He has an extensive background in public policy, advocacy, and