SPOKANE COUNTY OFFICE

TeamChild Spokane opened as our second office in 1996 with grant funding in partnership with the Washington Defender Association and Columbia Legal Services.  Spokane Juvenile Court staff welcomed TeamChild and quickly identified a strong need for help for youth without safe placements. TeamChild had the opportunity to work with the Juvenile Court to file CHINS petitions, identify safe placements, and, when possible, reunify families. In fact, compared to other TeamChild offices, we historically have served a higher proportion of homeless youth (about ¼ of our clients) and have the highest rate of cases involving Child In Need of Services (CHINS) petitions and emancipations.

Our early work seeking placements for youth has evolved into collaborating with YFA Connections and Volunteers of America to provide legal services addressing youth homelessness.  We have also taken on representation of youth involved in the foster care system through a contract with the Office of Civil Legal Aid. In addition, TeamChild has made a concerted effort to impact the school to prison pipeline and has joined community partners to seek the adoption of restorative practices in Spokane Public Schools.

Hear from Rosey about how we are currently working remotely and continue to connect with young people in Spokane County during COVID-19 physical distancing.

SPOKANE COUNTY CONTACT INFORMATION

35 W Main Avenue, Suite 316  (We’ve moved!)
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 323-1166
(509) 381-7176 Fax
[email protected]

CORE PARTNERS

As we advocate for the multi-dimensional needs of our clients, we are fortunate to have strong relationships with local partners. This is not an exhaustive list, but they include:

  • Arc of Spokane
  • Counsel for Defense
  • Crisis Residential Center
  • Crosswalk/Volunteers of America
  • ESD 101
  • Every Student Counts Alliance  (See flyer)
  • Frontier Behavioral Health
  • Gonzaga School of Law  (See record sealing clinic flyer / application)
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • NATIVE Project
  • Northwest Autism
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Passages
  • PAVE
  • Region 1 Juvenile Rehabilitation
  • Spokane County Public Defender’s Office
  • Spokane Juvenile Court
  • Treehouse
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteers of America
  • YFA Connections

YOUTH WE SERVE

Our Spokane County office served a total of 159 youth in 2016. Here are snapshots of our client demographics.

Race/Ethnicity

  • Black or African American or Other African

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Multiracial

  • Native American or Alaskan Native

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

  • Uknown

  • White or Caucasian

Age at Intake

  • 10 to 12

  • 13 to 14

  • 15 to 17

  • 18 and up

Gender

  • Female

  • Male

  • Transgender

28%

Homeless

64%

Differently Abled

27%

Out of School

78%

Juvenile Court Involvement

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