TeamChild upholds the rights of youth involved, or at risk of being involved, in the juvenile justice system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing and other supports they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. See our Vision and Values.

Pursuing justice and equity for young people

TeamChild is taking a stand to break the cycles of exclusionary school discipline, arrest and incarceration that hold youth back. JOIN US in replacing these outdated and ineffective approaches with restorative and community driven responses that nurture and develop the health and well-being of young people.


TeamChild breaks the cycle of arrest and detention for Washington state’s most vulnerable youth,
providing young people with the support they need.


TeamChild services cut future juvenile court involvement in half


Taxpayers save a dollar for every dollar invested in TeamChild


75% of youth are back in school after TeamChild services



Know Your Rights


Create opportunities for a successful future


Stand with youth and advocate for their rights


Help youth gain access to community support



  • UPDATE: On May 5, the Washington State Supreme Court delayed implementation of these new rules and referred them back to the Supreme Court Rules Committee to recommend next steps. We urge the Rules Committee to reaffirm these rule changes and set a definite implementation date.......

  • Any parent with school-aged children will tell you that school closures, remote online learning, and return to school with changing mask mandates, strict sick policies, and school staff shortages have dramatically impacted public education. For Black and brown students, students who have disabilities, and low-income......

  • As TeamChild moves into our second year of supporting a policy team, we have given a lot of thought to how we make policy decisions.  We work to center our anti-racism principals in all of our decisions, especially policy decisions that are intended to improve......

  • The 2022 Washington State Legislative Session ended on March 10th.  The Legislature passed bills and funded initiatives that will provide help and support to Washington’s young people. But the Legislature also did not act to move efforts forward in areas that TeamChild clients and communities......

  • “Without community there is no liberation.“ – Audre Lorde A Message from Marcos Martinez Two months into my role as Executive Director here, I continue to be humbled by the depth of experience, creativity and dedication represented in the teams who make up our staff......

  • TeamChild Board and Staff are excited to announce that we have selected Marcos Martinez as our new Executive Director! Marcos was selected following an extensive national and local search, using a collaborative hiring process led by Diversity Recruiters. The process involved two thirds of our staff, board members, community partners, legal partners, and......

  • TeamChild continues to support Washington State Supreme Court’s rule changes that protect youth from a lifetime of exposure to their juvenile legal cases. These new rules passed in March and were scheduled to take effect in May.  Unfortunately, the Supreme Court voted to delay implementation......

3 days ago

Sheana joined TeamChild earlier this spring as a Spokane Staff Attorney. Hear directly from Sheana below and help us welcome her!“I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. When I was a kid sitting at the dinner table, my family often discussed social justice issues and pervasive inequities within our community. This sparked my interest in becoming an attorney. Eventually, I grew up and completed law school at the University of Washington School of Law. Upon finishing law school, I clerked for the Honorable Thomas O. Rice in the Eastern District of Washington. After my clerkship, I gained extensive experience as a legal services attorney providing direct client representation, with a background in housing discrimination and impact litigation. I am excited to join TeamChild, and I look forward to advocating for young people, so I can help them assert their rights and achieve their goals.”We're so happy to have you on board, Sheana![Image description: Sheana is wearing glasses and smiling into the camera.] ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Read the latest blogpost from TeamChild’s Director of Policy and Advocacy to get an update on Washington State Court rules regarding juvenile records and the delayed protections for youth. teamchild.org/protections-for-young-people-delayed/ [Cropped Infographic from Juvenile Law Center reads Future Interrupted - How Juvenile Records Disproportionately Affect Youth of Color - a red and orange pie chart shows that two thirds of incarcerated youth are youth of color - 3 icons below show a house, briefcase and diploma, with text explaining that having a juvenile record can prevent a young person from getting housing, finding a stable job or going to college. An additional textbox explains that youth of color are 40% more likely than whites to experience negative effects of having a juvenile record.] ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

TeamChild is proud of one of our clients who graduated today. He said, “Always be thirsty for knowledge because without knowledge there’s no power.” #congratulations ... See MoreSee Less
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