National Center for Youth Law



In This Issue: Oregon fails to ensure that all children can attend a full day of school, Healthy sexual development to Improve outcomes for youth in foster care, and leading educators criticize DeVos.



Happy Birthday, Assembly Bill 490: Celebrating 10 Years Of Improving Educational Stability For Students In Foster Care

By Leecia Welch

This year marks an important milestone in California’s effort to improve educational outcomes for youth in foster

Teen Parenting by Previously Maltreated Youth: An Important New Study of California’s Most Vulnerable Parents

By Jennifer Friedman

This is the latest in a series of articles looking at reproductive health among youth in foster

Litigation Watch: Foster Children in Massachusetts Denied Legal Relief Despite Judge’s Concerns

A federal district court in Massachusetts recently denied relief to a class of 8,500 foster children, despite stated concerns about

Report Documents “Invisible Achievement Gap” for Children in Foster Care

The first part of a report documenting the achievement gap between children in foster care and other students was released

Increased Federal Attention to the Need for Education Legislation Focusing on Foster Youth

Foster children’s shockingly poor educational outcomes have been increasingly well-documented in recent years.1 The Fostering Connections Act of 2008

Nebraska Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Foster Youths’ Ability to Obtain an Abortion

By Rebecca Gudeman

A recent decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court left reproductive health and foster youth advocates reeling. On

Teachers as Partners in the Treatment of Special Education Students Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

By Anisha Asher

The administration of psychotropic medication to treat mental health and behavioral disorders in children has increased dramatically.

Official Oversight of the Washington State Foster Care System Nears Completion

By Anisha Asher

This summer marked the final official report of the panel of experts assigned to oversee reform of

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