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February 23, 2017

Does Incarcerating Youth Affect Their Health As Adults?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A new study by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) entitled, How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes? indicates that youth who are incarcerated have poor health outcomes as they mature into adults. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, most people would agree that “[t]he healthy development of all children is essential for a thriving and prosperous community.” The findings of the APA study provide support for the Juvenile Law Center’s Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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February 13, 2017

Access to Healthcare for Foster Youth: Why Medicaid to 26 Matters

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Medicaid to 26 is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which has allowed foster youth to stay insured after they leave care. It provides parity with other young people who have the option of staying on their parents’ plans until they are 26. This significant policy win has ensured that young people in vulnerable positions who need basic insurance and may experience health issues and/or disabilities have access to care.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care
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May 08, 2015

Providing Healthy Futures for Former Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Despite the availability of health insurance under ACA for over a year, many eligible young adults across the country have not enrolled – primarily because they don’t know that they qualify.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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June 03, 2014

Former Foster Youth Now Eligible for Free Health Insurance

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We're excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, Covered Til 26 PA. This campaign will help former foster youth and child welfare professionals take advantage of a new provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing them to receive free medical insurance up to age 26.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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May 27, 2014

Growing Up Female in Foster Care: An Interview with Larbriah Morgan, Juvenile Law Center Youth Advocate

posted by Claire Glass, Intern, Juvenile Law Center

On May 13, 2014, the Stoneleigh Foundation held the symposium “What About the Girls?” to address these unique risk factors. Panelists included Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Human Rights Project for Girls; Leslie Acoca, president of the National Girls Health and Justice Institute; Gwendolyn Bailey, executive director of Youth Service, Inc.; and Larbriah (Briah) Morgan, a Juvenile Law Center Youth Advocate.

Juvenile Law Center intern Claire Glass sat down with Briah after the symposium (and her final exams). They discussed the realities she’ll face when she turns 21 and “ages out” of the system in early June, and how she thinks the system could be improved to help more foster youth both make it to and succeed in college and find stable housing.

Tags:Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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