The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is shaping better lives for youth involved in Washington's foster care and juvenile justice systems. In partnership with parents, advocates and policymakers, the Center develops and advances innovative approaches to systemic changes that will support kids, stabilize families and strengthen communities.
... the children and youth of our state deserve systems of welfare and justice that fully support their needs.
... youth of color should have equal access to treatment and support programs instead of being diverted to the juvenile justice system more frequently than white youth.
... juveniles leaving incarceration should receive the tools to succeed, not set adrift to make it on their own.
... foster care should be a blessing, rather than a risk.
... a passion for justice and for kids - combined with research, funding, training, information and support - can be the impetus for real and lasting change.