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October-December 2009


Alumni News — Oct-Dec 2009

January 1, 2010
Several former NCYL law clerks have recently passed the California Bar and have been admitted to practice, including Lynn Wu (see photo at right), Anna Krieger, Brittany Armstrong, and Jenny Yelin. (We may be unaware of other NCYL alumni who passed the Bar, so

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2009

January 1, 2010
NCYL Attorney Jesse Hahnel Awarded Prestigious Education Fellowship
NCYL Attorney and Skadden Fellow Jesse Hahnel has been chosen as one of two fellows by The Mind Trust, a national non-profit supporting education innovation and entrepreneurship, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jesse, and Stephanie Saroki, former

Publications — Oct-Dec 2009

January 1, 2010
A Child’s Right to Counsel A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused & Neglected Children First Star and the Children’s Advocacy Institute December 2009 This report card grades each state and the District of Columbia based on how well their laws ensure legal…

Kids’ Mental Health Lawsuit Filed Against Washington State

January 1, 2010
Unable to access services, kids harmed from hospitalization, incarceration
Children and youth in Washington state have filed a civil rights, class-action lawsuit against the state for failure to provide intensive, community-based mental health services. The 10 plaintiffs, all under age 21, say that children and

NCYL Expanding Juvenile Justice Reform Project

January 1, 2010
Thanks to funding from the Public Welfare Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, NCYL is expanding its Juvenile Justice Reform Project.  This expansion includes increased involvement in Wyoming and Arkansas, where NCYL is currently working, and the launching of new juvenile justice reform work in other…

Book Review: Reforming Child Welfare by Olivia Golden

January 1, 2010
Urban Institute Press, 2100 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C., 2009
By Edward Opton
The big news in Olivia Golden’s book is that child welfare can be reformed. Her proofs: three entire systems, Alabama, Utah1, and the District of Columbia, although, as

CA Child Welfare Council Finalizes Recommendations

January 1, 2010
Below is a summary, with links to the full text, of the recommendations issued by the California Child Welfare Council (CWC). The Council finalized its recommendations Dec. 17, 2009 for improving the coordination and delivery of foster youth services.
(For the full text of the

$80 Million in CA Child Welfare Services Cuts Outlined

January 1, 2010
Below is a detailed description of the cuts to the California Child Welfare Services budget, which first appeared in a special edition of Wednesday Evening, a publication of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.
Kinship Support Services Programs (KSSP) will receive a 12

Two Decades of JDAI: From Demonstration Project to National Standard

January 1, 2010
By Richard A. Mendel
Executive Summary
Launched in the 1990s by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a five-site demonstration project, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has steadily swept the country in recent years and is on track to become the standard of practice…

NCYL Meets Sandler Challenge Grant

January 1, 2009
NCYL has met the terms of a challenge grant from the Sandler Foundation and received $250,000 from the Foundation! The Sandler grant was dependent on NCYL raising $500,000 in new or increased gifts, meaning from people or organizations that had not previously given to NCYL,…