"Children in foster care live in an uncertain world. Stability and permanence, things that most children can take for granted, are not guaranteed to foster kids. Treehouse fills the gaps to help foster kids thrive and is pleased to partner with Center for Children & Youth Justice to work at a systemic level to make lasting improvements in our foster care system statewide. Thoughtful, meaningful reforms created in partnership with all stakeholders are what it will take to ensure that every foster child has a real chance for a successful life. No other organization in the state is doing more to advance that goal than CCYJ."
Janis Avery, Treehouse

 

  • Center for Children & Youth Justice
    615 Second Ave.
    Suite 275
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Phone: 206.696.7503
    E-Mail: info@ccyj.org

The Center is spearheading a number of initiatives aimed at creating better systems and better lives for children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Here is an overview of some of our major work.

Models for Change - In May 2006, the Center was selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to lead its efforts in Washington state to accelerate the development and replication of model programs for change in the juvenile justice system. Read more...

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network - Delinquent behavior while at school and frequent unexcused absences from school (i.e., truancy) are common entry portals into the juvenile justice system. For many of these youth, an unidentified mental health issue may be an underlying reason for this behavior. Read more...

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - The Center has assisted the world's largest philanthropic foundation in identifying proven and promising programs that prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system or that lead to better lives for those already in the system. Read more...

Promoting Positive Outcomes - The next phase of our work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation creates a pilot project to determine if selected programs are effective with highly vulnerable youth. Read more...

Supporting Early Connections - In partnership with mental health providers, the courts and child welfare agencies, we are working to ensure the mental health of children involved in the child welfare system. Read more...

Lawyers Fostering Independence - A program to recruit, train and retain a cadre of King County attorneys to provide pro bono civil legal services to youth involved in or aging out of the child welfare system. Read more...

Project Respect - Young women and men who are forced into prostitution have long been treated as criminals instead of the victims they are. A CCYJ project, in partnership with YouthCare, will ensure a compassionate and consistent response to the exploitation of prostituted youth. Read more...

Child Welfare Resource Bank - A comprehensive database of child welfare system recommendations issued by government panels, nonprofit organizations, task forces, etc. Read more...

Lawyers Furthering Education - Lawyers Furthering Education is a partnership between the Center for Children & Youth Justice and Seattle Public Schools, connecting volunteer attorneys with truant youth and their families. Read more...

The Philanthropist's Forum - Some of the nation's most influential and generous funders of child welfare and juvenile justice reform are brought together by CCYJ for coordination and collaboration on their important work. Read more...

The Shirley Bridge Girls+Justice Initiative - Now in its early developmental stages, the Initiative will include programs and projects aimed at developing lasting reforms of the juvenile justice system to meet the unique needs of girls. Read more...

Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs - CCYJ is bringing together a council made up key decision makers, including mayors, police chiefs, school superintendents and juvenile-justice leaders to address the issue of gangs. Read more...

Military Youth Roundtables - CCYJ convenes representatives of federal and state government, education, health, social services and the military to address the unique needs of and issues facing the children of service men and women. Read more...

Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment - When authorities respond to domestic violence situations, children in those violent households often are removed to foster care for their own protection. Yet these well-intentioned efforts can be more harmful than helpful by separating kids from the victimized parent, typically their mothers. Read more...


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615 Second Ave., Suite 275
Seattle, WA 98104