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October-December 2011


Alumni News — Oct-Dec 2011

January 1, 2012
Former NCYL law clerk Amy Ackerman is now working as a consultant at Public Health Law and Policy in Oakland. Former NCYL law clerk Amy Chen gave birth to Eliot Cheng-Hao Fan in April 2011 in Oakland. Amy continues to work for Bay Area Legal…

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2011

January 1, 2012

Staff News

Michael Harris has joined NCYL as a Senior Attorney, working on juvenile justice issues. Michael brings significant juvenile justice experience to NCYL, particularly his expertise in collaborative reform, working with government officials and other stakeholders to achieve reform of juvenile justice systems

Publications — Oct-Dec 2011

January 1, 2012

For the Welfare of Children: Lessons Learned from Class Action Litigation

For 40 years, class action litigation has been used to address difficult and long-standing problems in public child welfare systems. This publication brings together a series of papers authored by top experts to address

NCYL to Train Foster Youth on Accessing Health Care and Educational Opportunities

January 1, 2012
The California Bar Foundation recently approved a $15,000 grant to support NCYL’s Rural Foster Youth Training Project. The funding allows NCYL to address the special needs of rural California foster youth in accessing quality healthcare and educational opportunities. Trainings will educate service providers working on…

New Juvenile Dependency Court Focuses on Foster Youth Education

January 1, 2012
By Kristy Luk The Middle School Education Court (MSEC) in Santa Clara County, California is the first education-focused collaborative juvenile court in the nation. Its mission is to help foster children attain academic success through appropriate educational placements and support.1 It is currently in

Appeals Courts Reject Challenges to Child Welfare Consent Decrees

January 1, 2012
By Mitchell Y. Mirviss Foster children won two important victories in federal appeals court last year. In a pair of child welfare reform cases, courts upheld longstanding federal consent decrees1 that mandated crucial reforms to child welfare and foster care systems in Baltimore and…