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July-September 2015

In this issue: NCYL Salutes John O’Toole, When therapy records are only as private as a school schedule, it’s time to update federal confidentiality law, Counties Across California Explore Multi-Agency Responses to CSEC, NCYL’s New Juvenile Justice-FosterEd Program Focuses On Improving Education Outcomes for Probation-Supervised Youth

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July – September 2015 VOLUME XXXVI No. 3


NCYL’s California Legislative Roundup

September 30, 2015
by Lewis Cohen The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), was very active and successful in California’s now concluded 2015 legislative session. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation sponsored by NCYL to improve the state’s Foster Youth Services Program for students in foster care and increased  …

Counties Across California Explore Multi-Agency Responses to CSEC

September 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Laferriere, MPP Historically, commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) have been regarded as juvenile delinquents, labeled “child prostitutes” and had to be arrested to access even basic services. Advocates have long recognized this as incredibly harmful to youth; by treating exploited children as criminals…

Funding News – July-Sept 2015

September 30, 2015
Arizona Community Foundation NCYL received a grant from the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence held by the Arizona Community Foundation in support of FosterEd: Arizona. FosterEd is working to improve the educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care. The grant funding supports FosterEd’s…

New Mexico Becomes Fourth State to Pilot Foster-Ed

September 30, 2015
FosterEd has launched a new demonstration site in Lea County, New Mexico.  New Mexico joins California, Arizona and Indiana in creating county-based demonstration sites based on a partnership between local agencies and FosterEd. Demonstration site staff implement a model with three evidence-based components: “Education Champions”…

Alumni News – July-Sept 2015

September 30, 2015
Avani Mehta, former NCYL Law Clerk, earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University and joined Berkeley Law faculty in 2013. She teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and a Colloquium on Law & Psychology. Clare Kruger, 2013 Summer Law Clerk, is Fellow at…

Equal Futures

September 30, 2015
In April, FosterEd and partners launched Equal Futures , a web-based set of tools and resources to support school districts, county offices of education, child welfare agencies, community-based organizations, and other agencies that seek to improve educational outcomes for foster youth in California. Developed in…

At the Center – July-Sept 2015

September 30, 2015
NCYL Salutes John F. O’Toole August 21, 2015 NCYL held a farewell dinner  at Oakland’s Scottish Rite Temple for retiring Director John O’Toole. More than 250 Center friends, past and present colleagues enjoyed the stories, food, and entertainment. You can see MORE photos here