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 JOIN US in replacing these outdated and ineffective approaches with restorative and community driven responses that nurture and develop the health and well-being of young people.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



  • During the summer months, TeamChild has been working very hard on creating a new Youth Education Law Collaborative (YELC). TeamChild, along with Northwest Justice Project, Washington Autism Alliance, Kids in Need of Defense, Disability Rights Washington, and Seattle University School of Law will provide accessible......

  • TeamChild has been busy this summer preparing our goals and priorities for the next legislative session.  We continue to align our policy priorities with our broad impact goals, including: Decriminalization, decarceration, and abolition; Expanding and investing in community-led and community-based alternatives and resources; Increasing equitable......

  • 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 l[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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It’s an exciting time at TeamChild with a lot of growth. We welcomed new staff this month, and we are still hiring! We are looking for an experienced Director of Legal Services with a commitment to youth centered advocacy, anti-racism principles, and leadership. Our Yakima County attorney job description has also been updated. See full job descriptions on our website: teamchild.org/careers/[Image description: TeamChild staff are pictured on a video conference call. Text reads: We’re Hiring – Join Us! Job Openings: Director of Legal Services, Staff Accountant & Business Operations Manager; Yakima County Attorney – teamchild.org/careers/ ] ... See MoreSee Less
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Share your voice - Public Comment and 9/29 Hearing on School Resource Officers. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is initiating rulemaking in response to HB 1664, which provided additional funding for schools to hire physical, social, and emotional support staff during the 2022 legislative session. TeamChild joins community partners in urging OSPI to clarify in the proposed rules that schools be barred from spending this money on School Resource Officers (SRO), as they do not promote physical, social, and emotional safety.There is a public hearing on this matter on September 29 2022 at 1:15 PM. Learn more about the Public Hearing process here: www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/profpractices/adminresources/rulesprocess/HearingOTS_PSE... ... See MoreSee Less
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