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.



Locked Away Forever The Case Against Juvenile Life Without Parole

By Pat Arthur and Brittany Star Armstrong

There are more than 2,000 child offenders serving life without parole (LWOP) sentences

Medicaid Mental Health Waiver: Makes Life Difficult for Many of CA’s Adopted and Foster Youth

by Laura Ewbank and Patrick Gardner

This article examines the challenges facing foster and adopted youth who are placed out-of-county

Landmark Decision for California’s Most Vulnerable Children

By Robyn Gould, Laura Townsend, and Leecia Welch

On March 14, federal district court judge Howard J. Matz ordered the

Braam v. State of Washington: A Blueprint for Child Welfare Reform

By Bryn Martyna

Two years ago, in the early hours of July 31, 2004, parties in Braam v. State of

The Ayotte Opinion: Implications for New Hampshire and Other States

By Rebecca Gudeman

On November 30, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern

CA Foster Care Ombudsman: Needs More Authority, Independence

By Curt Child and Ian Sandefer

This article examines the role of California’s ombudsman1 for foster care. It cites

Fight for your Rights! - A Guidebook for California Foster Youth, Former Foster Youth, and Those Who Care About Them

This Guidebook is intended to help foster youth (and those who care about them) to understand the rights and services

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Keeping Siblings Together: Past, Present, and Future

By Emily Kernan

“The relationships people share with siblings are often the longest-lasting they will ever have. Siblings are there

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