YAKIMA COUNTY

TeamChild’s Yakima office opened in 1998, serving all of Yakima County, including communities in the lower valley. Yakima is a rural county known for agricultural production. Many of our clients are Latino and have family members who speak only Spanish. All of our Yakima County staff are bilingual. Education barriers continue to be an issue for a majority of our clients. Compared to other TeamChild offices, we historically have the second highest rate of cases involving school discipline issues. In recent years, we also expanded our child welfare practice by representing a small number of “legally free” children under a special contract with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA).

In addition to providing direct legal representation to TeamChild clients, our Yakima staff are involved in local efforts to confront and redress youth homelessness and to support immigrant and LGBTQ rights. Recently, our community has experienced an increase in homelessness, and there are few local resources to address this problem. Youth suffer most acutely as there is no local youth shelter, a need we believe should be addressed.

YAKIMA COUNTY CONTACT INFORMATION

32 N. 3rd St, Suite 410
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 573-4993
(509) 575-5530 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:

  • Rod’s House
  • ESD 105
  • The Space LGTBQ Resource Center
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
  • Catholic Family and Child Services
  • Community Resources Group
  • Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Yakima County Juvenile Court
  • PAVE

YOUTH WE SERVE

Our Yakima County office served a total of 83 youth in 2016. Here are snapshots of our client demographics.

Race/Ethnicity

  • Asian or Asian American

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Multiracial

  • Naive American or Alaskan Native

  • Unknown

  • White or Caucasian

Age at Intake

  • 10 to 12

  • 13 to 14

  • 15 to 17

  • 18 and up

Gender

  • Female

  • Male

10%

Homeless

57%

Differently Abled

52%

Out of School

82%

Juvenile Court Involvement

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