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Youth Prosecuted As Adults In California: Addressing Racial, Ethnic, And Geographic Disparities After The Repeal Of Direct File

In 2016, Californians voted overwhelmingly in support of Proposition 57, a ballot initiative that abolished the practice of “direct file,” wherein...
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Championing the Potential of Youth on Probation: Critical Education Advocacy for Justice-Involved Youth

This issue brief explores how NCYL’s FosterEd initiative has worked with partners to advocate for policy change and direct services for probation...

Drug Company Payments to Physicians Tied to Harmful Prescriptions for Foster Youth

This policy brief examines the connections between pharmaceutical company payments to physicians and harmful prescribing practices for children and...

Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful

“Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful” is a collaboration with the California Alliance for Youth and...

Report on the Actions of U.S. States Regarding Education for Students in Foster Care and the Every Student Succeeds Act

This report contains information on the ongoing work of several states who have taken purposeful and progressive steps towards helping students in...

California CSEC Policy Compendium (under construction)

Since 2014, the California Legislature has been investing in the child welfare system’s capacity to identify and serve commercially sexually exploited...
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HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on Sharing School Health Information in Indiana

This Primer provides an overview of the pertinent federal and state confidentiality laws when health care is provided on school sites and addresses a...