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October-December 2012


Publications — Oct-Dec 2012

January 1, 2013
Kids for Cash: Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 Million Kickback Scheme
William Ecenbarger
Ecenbarger provides the first full-length account of the Lucerne County, PA, scandal in which two judges were convicted of taking kickbacks in exchange for sending juveniles to a private

Alumni News — Oct-Dec 2012

January 1, 2013
Former NCYL Law Clerk Katherine Burdick is a 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center. Her project involves education advocacy for older youth (14-21) in child welfare and juvenile justice institutions in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.  Katherine recently served as a 

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2012

January 1, 2013

NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative Welcomes Three New Members to Its Team!

Maya Cooper has joined NCYL as a policy manager for FosterEd, focusing on improving the educational outcomes for children in foster care. She will be based in NCYL’s Oakland office. Before joining NCYL,

Funding News — Oct-Dec 2012

January 1, 2013

Thank You FosterEd Donors!

NCYL’s FosterEd initiative is improving the educational outcomes of children in foster care. Foster children have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and they suffer from tragically poor academic outcomes. Foster children frequently do not have an…

Amicus Brief Challenges Review Standard for Juvenile Transfer Cases

January 1, 2013
NCYL and other amici curiae submitted a brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court in support of plaintiffs in the case of State of New Jersey in the Interest of V.A. The case addressed the standard of review of a prosecutor’s decision to transfer juvenile

Federal Grant Will Bolster Children’s Mental Health Reform in WA State

January 1, 2013
Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will receive $4 million from the federal government over the next four years to expand its system of providing mental health services to children with serious emotional problems. Efforts are already underway to coordinate this new…

NCYL Helps Agencies Share Client Information to Better Serve Youth

January 1, 2013
By Rebecca Gudeman de Ortiz Children’s records, including educational and medical history, are critical to providing them with appropriate care and services. When a child changes schools, the new school needs a child’s educational records to determine reading level, grade level, and special education needs.…

FosterEd Begins Working in Arizona

January 1, 2013
In July 2012, NCYL’s FosterEd Initiative began working in Arizona. The FosterEd Initiative is collaborating with state and local agencies to improve the educational outcomes of the approximately 14,000 children in foster care in Arizona. FosterEd’s efforts in Arizona are guided by a specially created…

California Legislative Roundup 2012-13

January 1, 2013

California Legislative Roundup 2012-13

A summary of California legislation to go into effect in 2013, which will benefit children.


BILL: AB 1729
TITLE: Pupil Rights | Suspension or Expulsion | Alternatives and Other Means of Correction
AUTHOR: Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, (D-San Francisco)

Enhancing Mental Health Advocacy for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

January 1, 2013
By Fiza Quraishi
Many girls in the juvenile justice system need mental health services. They are, in many cases, legally entitled to those services under programs like Medicaid or those established under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Yet many girls in the juvenile justice

Tentative Agreement Reached in Sara Kruzan Case

January 1, 2013
By Bryn Martyna A tentative agreement has been reached between defense lawyers and Riverside County prosecutors in the Sara Kruzan case. No details of the agreement have been revealed and it is unclear whether it allows for a new trial or Kruzan’s release from prison.…