MISSION

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 JOIN US in replacing these outdated and ineffective approaches with restorative and community driven responses that nurture and develop the health and well-being of young people.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 IMPACT

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

courts

TeamChild services cut future juvenile court involvement in half

taxpayers

Taxpayers save a dollar for every dollar invested in TeamChild

schools

75% of youth are back in school after TeamChild services

TEAMCHILD RESOURCES

EDUCATION IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

Know Your Rights

SEAL YOUR JUVENILE RECORD

Create opportunities for a successful future

ADVOCACY TOOLKITS AND RESOURCES

Stand with youth and advocate for their rights

LEGAL SERVICES FOR YOUTH IN CRISIS

Help youth gain access to community support

OUR PARTNERS

OUR LATEST

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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.......

2 days ago

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We are excited to welcome back Marshaun, a former King County Staff Attorney, in a new role as Statewide Education Rights Attorney! Hear directly from Marshaun in an excerpt of her bio below, and also check out her leadership with the community organization Reclaiming Our Greatness."What calls me to this work is the idea that I get the privilege to sit across from people who I can identify with and who look just like me. On a daily basis, I get to connect with people in my community and work to alleviate some of my clients’ problems. Everybody makes mistakes and no one is perfect. Knowing that I have made plenty of mistakes, but have gotten the opportunity to be supported by mentors, family, and community who believe in me, allow me to fall gracefully, and get back up is something that most people do not have. Being a safe place for my clients to talk about their setbacks, traumas, and system failures is what brings me to this profession. I feel honored that my clients trust me enough to advocate on their behalf."[Image description: Marshaun is wearing a white blouse with thin black stripes and smiling into the camera.] ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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#Repost and call to action from Creative Justice – Happy #Juneteenth2022 and #youthvoiceJuneteenth represents the day the last enslaved Africans in Texas learned that they were now free. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This unpaid labor that Enslaved Africans were forced to perform for centuries generated billions of dollars of generational wealth for white communities and families that still shapes and defines this country today. This has directly resulted in the inequitable racial wealth gap that exists today. Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, non-Black people who have benefited from the racial wealth may also receive a PAID HOLIDAY.It is essential to acknowledge that Black people who are the descendants of formerly enslaved Black people still have not received economic reparations for the centuries of unpaid labor resulting from the transatlantic slave trade. This Juneteenth, consider contributing your Paid Time Off day of wages from this new National Holiday to Creative Justice or another Black organizations as a form of economic justice, Economic justice is racial justice. Creative Justice was founded by Black arts and culture workers and is still predominantly Black-led. Creative Justice is an arts and culture restorative justice organization that serves majority Black young people, meeting material needs providing free arts programming to systems impacted youth and youth adults. In addition to arts and culture curriculum provided by skilled and culturally relevant teachers and practitioners, we provide holistic life and wellness support in the way of nutritious meals at all programming, events and meetings, stipends for all young people in attendance, grocery cards, health, hygiene and beauty supplies, housing support, court navigation support, life skills, career development, and wellness and mental health support. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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TeamChild is hiring for a full-time Grants & Partnerships Manager to support a phase of critical programmatic and funding growth in the agency’s 25-year history. With the Director of Investments & Partnerships and the Communications Manager, this person will work collaboratively with both internal and external audiences to achieve TeamChild’s fundraising activities. Primary duties include preparing grant proposals, reporting, managing appeals and campaigns, and supporting the organization’s investment pipeline and major donor efforts. Reports to the Director of Investments & Partnerships and is part of a 3-person Investments & Partnerships/Communications team. See full job description at teamchild.org/careers/.[Image description: Light text against blue background reads: We’re Hiring – Apply Now. Orange text reads: Grants & Partnerships Manager. 2 people are pictured at a fundraising event, smiling into the camera.] ... See MoreSee Less
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