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 JOIN US in replacing these outdated and ineffective approaches with restorative and community driven responses that nurture and develop the health and well-being of young people.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’s work is to uphold the rights of young people, secure the support they need, and transform punitive systems into more effective methods of addressing root causes and providing meaningful and appropriate support, opportunities, and healing to youth across Washington State. Our direct legal services......

  • Artwork by [email protected] This June, as Pride Month commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, advocates again face a critical moment in the development of an equitable, safe, and more-inclusive society. As the national political landscape continues to inform local and statewide political attitudes,......

  • 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......

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In TeamChild's July blog, we wrote about new laws passed during the legislative session that just became effective this summer. A really important change for young people is the health care consent for unaccompanied homeless youth under the age of 18. Learn more about it from Building Changes and read our full blog here: teamchild.org/know-your-rights-new-laws/We recently helped pass a law in Washington State that allows unaccompanied homeless youth under the age of 18 to consent to their own primary health care, if they cannot get consent from school staff. Please share our flyer and FAQ to help young people get the information they need about this important new law! bit.ly/39ilLsu ... See MoreSee Less
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