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June 30, 2014

Federal Government Takes Critical Step to Ensure Educational Stability for Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

During his time in foster care, Jarrett changed schools six times. One of these moves occurred three weeks before the end of the semester. Because his school records didn’t arrive at his new school on time, Jarrett was not granted permission to take final exams or complete final projects for his courses. His GPA plummeted from 3.6 to 1.4 due to the missing coursework.

There are countless other foster youth like Jarrett—youth who are bounced from living placement to living placement, typically changing schools each time.

Tags:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Fostering Connections|State and Federal Legislation
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June 24, 2014

Between Hope and Despair, Waiting for Meaningful Implementation of Miller v. Alabama

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Joe Ligon is a 75-year-old inmate who was condemned to die in a prison in Philadelphia over six decades ago for a murder he witnessed, but did not commit. With no disciplinary infractions and serious health issues, including cancer, he is a gentle man whose continued confinement aptly illustrates the insanity of these extreme sentencing practices.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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June 12, 2014

Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates Create Guide to Higher Education Success for Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Increasing the number of foster youth who graduate from college is a critical goal. As we know, earning a bachelor's degree creates a path to job stability, success, and higher earnings—a path that should and must be open to these youth.

In an effort to meet this goal, our Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates devoted their 2012-2013 program year to helping foster youth in Philadelphia better plan their educational futures.

Tags:Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Youth Engagement Programs
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June 05, 2014

Youth Advocates Create Guide, Video to Help Youth Navigate the Juvenile Court Process

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A quick test of your knowledge about the juvenile court process: Did you know that, in juvenile court, you have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses? Do you know what happens during an adjudicatory hearing? Did you know that judges can order a consent decree as an alternative to formally pressing charges against you?

Navigating the juvenile court process is challenging. As you can tell from above, the language used in court is not particularly youth-friendly. Many youth aren't fully aware of their rights in the juvenile court process and what happens if they're "adjudicated delinquent" (the term for being found guilty in juvenile court).

Tags:Juveniles for Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Youth Engagement Programs
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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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