Photo of the Capitol Building in Olympia by John Callery. The building is surrounded by evergreen trees.

Partnering to Advance Justice

TeamChild engages with a variety of stakeholders in its policy advocacy, with legislators often being key partners in advancing justice in child welfare and juvenile legal contexts. As we approach the 2023 legislative session, we wanted to look back on the partnerships we’ve cultivated with our legislative champions and the efforts these partnerships have made in transforming the statewide landscape of juvenile civil legal advocacy.

Senator Claire Wilson was elected to the Washington State Legislature in 2018, representing the 30th Legislative District based in Federal Way and extending through much of southernmost region of King County. Senator Wilson became a legislative champion in early learning and juvenile legal issues, sponsoring critical legislation to end solitary confinement for youth, and standardizing comprehensive and medically accurate sexual health education in the public schools. TeamChild has continued to work closely with Senator Wilson, and we look forward to advancing policy this legislative session that promotes best interests of young people in, potentially entering, and exiting public systems of care.

Washington State Representative Tana Senn is another TeamChild partner and legislative champion who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to young people in our state. Representative Senn has tirelessly partnered with TeamChild and other dedicated organizations in the advocacy effort to identify and develop programs and policy aimed at improving the safety, health, and welfare of young people experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness in Washington State. TeamChild and Representative Senn have a particular interest this upcoming legislative session in identifying ways to facilitate access to shelter for youth in Washington State who may otherwise be subject to unsafe conditions or homelessness.

We invite you to follow our advocacy efforts this legislative session, which starts on January 9th. Join us in partnering to advance justice for young people in Washington State!

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