Youth Law Center
California Lawmakers Consider Charging Counties Higher Fees For Failing To Properly House Foster Youth
California lawmakers have sent a bill to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom with a new way to pressure local child welfare agencies to find more suitable homes: a $1,000 daily fine.
Staff Abuse Children and Incite Violence at ‘Deplorable’ Tennessee Detention Center, Report Finds
Teenagers at a Tennessee detention facility have been sexually abused, locked in isolation cells for 23 hours a day and set up by staff to fight each other, two prominent advocacy groups have found.
Fresno County Settles Suit, Boosts Public Input Into Juvenile Justice Plan
Child advocates and Fresno County have reached a prompt settlement in a lawsuit over allegations that the California county was not adequately including the community in developing its juvenile justice realignment plan.
Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law
Legal advocates for California’s juvenile justice-involved youth have filed a lawsuit against Fresno County for not welcoming public input in developing local plans for youth justice.
Stranded in the ER: Can California Change its Treatment of Kids in Crisis?
As a crisis unfolds in California's emergency rooms, a controversial bill that aims to help children is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature.
California Bans Out-of-State Treatment Programs After Reporters Investigate Abuse
California has banned the practice of sending foster youth and teens charged with crimes to faraway residential treatment programs, following an investigation by The Imprint.
California Lawmakers Consider Permanent Ban on Sending Youth to Out-of-State Treatment Centers
Legislation pending in the California Legislature would permanently bar child welfare and juvenile justice authorities from sending troubled youth to out-of-state residential facilities.
Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation
Advocates Propose New Deal-style Assistance for Transitional Foster Youth
California lawmakers may have helped older foster youth from some of the immediate ravages of the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s recently passed budget, but the San Francisco-based Youth Law Center says it’s time to look forward and start planning now for long-term recovery strategies.