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October-December 2014


Funding News — Oct-Dec 2014

December 31, 2014
John O’Toole with Don Rubin, formerly of Union Bank of California, who stewarded many gifts to NCYL from the Union Bank Foundation, and Gay Weake, who facilitated grants to NCYL from the Scoob Foundation. Both Don and Gay are also long-time personal donors to NCYL.…

Panel on Technology and Foster Youth Features FosterEd Staff

December 31, 2014
FosterEd Director Jesse Hahnel spoke about creating effective public-private partnerships at the “New Technologies and the Effort to Improve Foster Youth Outcomes” convening on December 2, 2014 in Los Angeles. The event, organized by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and the Anthony…

FosterED Los Angeles (LA) Hosts Data Summit

December 31, 2014
On October 17th, 2014, FosterEd LA hosted its first signature event, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Data Summit. The event was attended by approximately 100 representatives of a vast network of child welfare, education, and advocacy professionals focused on improving education outcomes…

NCYL Launches Website to Explain New Health Privacy Rights for Californians

December 31, 2014
Effective January 1, 2015, Senate Bill 138 provides Californians with new rights to protect their private health information and limit their health insurance companies from disclosing that information without permission. The new protections will make young people feel safer using their parents’ health insurance to…

Court Declines to Consider Substantive Due Process Rights of Foster Youth

December 31, 2014
Earlier this year, NCYL, along with K&L Gates and partnering national public interest and child advocacy organizations, wrote an amicus brief supporting the plaintiff foster children in Connor B. v. Patrick, focusing on the question of the children’s substantive due process rights.  Connor

HR 4980: An Important Advance for Child Welfare

December 31, 2014
By Stephanie Krol & Jess Reed 


H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, is a wide-ranging, bipartisan bill that was signed into law by President Obama on September 29, 2014.1  The bill seeks to protect children in foster care and…

Equal Educational Opportunities for Native American Youth

December 31, 2014
by Mae Ackerman-Brimberg This article is the second in a two-part series. “We knew without a doubt we were the first of many voices of Indian Country. So if you hear this song, listen and learn it to sing along. We are all one family.…

Alumni News — Oct-Dec 2012

December 31, 2014
Former Volunteer Attorney Jennifer Friedman has accepted a position at Mills College teaching an undergraduate course this spring entitled “Introduction to the Courts of the San Francisco Bay Area.”  The course will focus on court observation and conversations with court personnel.
Zenobia Bell, who also…

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2014

December 31, 2014

In Memoriam, Alba Witkin (November 15, 1919 to December 26, 2014)

The National Center for Youth Law recently lost one of its most treasured and stalwart supporters. Alba Witkin died December 26, 2014 at her home in Berkeley, at the age of 95.
Mrs. Witkin