Charity of the week
On any given day, there are some 428,000 children living in foster care in the United States. For nearly four decades, the San Francisco–based Youth Law Center (ylc.org) has worked to improve the lives of these children by ensuring safe conditions in foster homes and institutional housing, keeping children out of adult prisons, and helping foster kids maintain connections with their families and find a permanent home. The nonprofit law firm focuses its efforts on providing legal assistance to children in the foster-care system and protecting them from neglect and abuse. It also works with advocates in state and local governments to improve child welfare laws and the quality of foster care.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.