This past year has continued to reveal the disruption brought onto community, advocates, and practitioners by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a nonprofit civil legal aid organization serving youth across Washington State, TeamChild continues to uphold the rights of young people, secure the support they need,...

Simmie Baer, Annie Lee and her son, and George Yeannakis at the celebratory send-off in Lincoln Park As my time at TeamChild winds down, I’ve been awash with gratitude for the many things that TeamChild has defined and put into focus for me in my...

This week TeamChild current and alumni staff and family gathered (safely, outdoors) to celebrate our longtime Executive Director and one of the “founding mothers” of our organization, Annie Lee. If you missed the announcement about Annie's next chapter, you can check out the blog post here....

In 2019, the Legislature changed the course of truancy intervention in Washington state. Senate Bill 5290 discontinued the use of detention as a response to students who are having attendance struggles.  The new law went into effect this school year (2021/2022 school year).  From now on, when schools and courts are addressing the needs of students...

A Day in the Life at TeamChild It's an exciting time at TeamChild as we are hiring for several attorney positions. We want to use this opportunity to answer your questions and introduce our work! What: Zoom Webinar featuring TeamChild staff panelists in various roles and regional...

TeamChild is so proud of, and excited for, King County Legal Assistant Porsche Phelps who was recently selected for a yearlong Youth Justice Leadership Institute fellowship from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN). Her focus will be on creating a statewide Youth Policy Coalition, who...

Last month TeamChild concluded our 3-part Racial Equity Education Series focusing on racial equity in the juvenile justice system.  We launched this series to provide spaces for youth and community partners to tackle many aspects of this topic and to provide learning opportunities. Throughout this project,...

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   A Message from Annie Lee Simmie Baer and Annie Lee Dear Friends, Christie Hedman When Pat Arthur, Simmie Baer and Christie Hedman called me 27 years ago to do education...

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