Youth-ServingOrganizations

Your mission to protect, educate, nurture, and encourage our next generation is a powerful responsibility. Understanding and protecting that trust is at the core of Taylor English’s Youth-Serving Organization (YSO) practice.

We designed our purpose-built, holistic approach to ensure the success of organizations and the wellbeing and safety of the youth they serve. Proactively, we work with organizations to establish and implement clear policies, procedures, education, and abuse/injury prevention measures such as training, checklists, and risk audits. Responsively, we support organizations through claims of abuse or other injuries as well as internal and independent investigations. Together, our efforts help youth organizations:

  • Recognize threats and prevent harm to children
  • Avoid, reduce, and defend against injury claims, including abuse
  • Manage and respond to crises
  • Navigate internal and independent investigations
  • Defend against regulatory or law enforcement actions
  • Protect the safety and wellbeing of all children

Our attorneys are uniquely positioned to lead policy and education efforts, trauma-informed investigations, and crisis response. We have decades of direct experience in social work, foster care, criminal prosecution, and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). These experiences have given us firsthand knowledge of the impact that insufficient preparation, claims of abuse, and poor situation containment can have on organizations, children, and families alike. We have the relationships and knowledge necessary to address your challenge–with integrity and privacy–before, during, and after you face them.

Through tailored guidance, we assist youth-serving organizations in adopting best practices, principles, and protocols to foster an environment where children and staff can thrive.

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Does Biology Prompt Teens to Ignore Parents?

January 30th, 2023

Every parent knows that young teenagers start ignoring most of what we say. It’s part of normal child development, and child…

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School Administrators Partially Vindicated

January 28th, 2023

A judge dismissed child abuse charges against two California administrators, although they both still face charges of failing to report…

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The Plight of Kids Who Age Out of Foster Care

January 26th, 2023

A group that I mentor with, Connections Homes, was in the news last week, and my husband and I were part of the interviews (for about 15…

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When Does Use of a Legal Drug Warrant a Finding of Abuse or Neglect?

January 23rd, 2023

A story from Arizona illustrates a common conundrum for people who serve young people — when use of a legal drug warrants a child abuse…

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Massachusetts Foster Parent Bill of Rights

January 21st, 2023

Massachusetts has a new foster parent bill of rights that provides such important benefits as 10 paid days of respite care per year, a…

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California Stars Allege Sexual Exploitation After 55 Years

January 18th, 2023

In 2019, California temporarily suspended its statute of limitations for sexual abuse, including sexual exploitation. On December 31,…

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Are More Teens Giving Themselves Mental Health Diagnoses?

January 16th, 2023

An interesting new psychology article explores what we know about the rise in self-diagnosed mental illnesses on social media. To date,…

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Child Welfare’s Employee Exodus

January 14th, 2023

Tennessee is the latest state to quantify its difficulty in retaining trained child welfare case managers. Its turnover rate is a bit…

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Organizations Need Accountability Systems

January 11th, 2023

A North Carolina system learned the hard way that one of its employees was shirking responsibilities and faking work reports. After a…

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Police Officers Violated Child’s Rights During Endangerment Investigation

January 9th, 2023

A strongly-worded opinion from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied qualified immunity to a police officer who forgot the…

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Teacher and Mentor Charged with Endangerment for Inappropriate Relationship

January 7th, 2023

A story from Minnesota illustrates the difficulty in recognizing when a mentor crosses the line into an inappropriate relationship with a…

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Take Time to Review Your Records and Policies

January 4th, 2023

The end of one year and the beginning of the next are traditional times to review progress and make new plans. For youth organizations,…

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Criminal Laws Differ from Mandated Reporter Laws

December 19th, 2022

A Colorado appeals court vacated a defendant’s conviction for attempting to entice a child into his vehicle for purposes of sexual…

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California’s ACEs Screening May Be Backfiring

December 17th, 2022

There is accumulating evidence that California’s program requiring doctors to screen children for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)…

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Watch Out for Exclusions in Your Insurance Liability Policies

December 14th, 2022

A federal court in Pennsylvania has held that an exclusion for assault and battery in an insurance policy allows the insurer to avoid…

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About Taylor English

Taylor English Duma LLP was built from the ground up to provide highest-quality legal services for optimal value. The firm combines the best aspects of a traditional law firm with seasoned attorneys throughout the United States. Together, our attorneys work each day to provide timely, creative, and cost-effective counsel to help clients solve problems and achieve goals. Taylor English clients run the gamut from Fortune 500 companies to middle market businesses to start ups and entrepreneurs. The firm is the Georgia law firm member of GGI Global Alliance AG, the leading worldwide alliance of accounting and law firms, giving our clients access to a trusted stable of high-quality professional services organizations around the globe.

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