National Center for Youth Law

Litigation Strategies

Tonisha Smith V. Alameda County

Under California law, every youth in foster care is entitled to a safe place to live at all times. With

D.S. v. Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

The state of Washington denies hundreds of children in foster care the most fundamental and basic of rights owed when

M.B. V. Tidball

In November 2018, a group of young people in foster care in Kansas, represented by NCYL and its partners, filed

Aristotle P. v. Samuels - also known as Aristotle P. v. McDonald, Aristotle P. v. Johnson, Aristotle P. v. McEwen

Plaintiffs brought this class action on behalf of children who (1) are or will be in the temporary custody or

Planned Parenthood V. Promesa Behavioral Health

The California Constitutional right to privacy protects the fundamental right of California women to retain personal control over the integrity

Braam v. DSHS

This case was originally brought by 13 current and former foster children seeking damages for injuries they suffered as a

Henry A. v Willden

This lawsuit charges Nevada and Clark County officials with failing to protect the health and safety of children in foster care. The suit seeks money damages for 13 children named in the lawsuit, as well as system improvements for several classes of children that represent more than half of the 3,600 children in foster care in Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas.

Brazwell v. Wagner

This case challenged California’s policy of denying cash assistance to relative caregivers when the children they care for get in

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