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November 22, 2016

Everyone Deserves a Family: Adoption and Young Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We asked older youth and young adults about their thoughts on finding family and on adoption. Below are the insights of Jason, 24 (pictured above with his parents), who is currently in law school and an advocate for youth in foster care. He was adopted at age 23 and speaks compellingly of the importance of family and the joy he has experienced from being part of a family.

The right to family is fundamental to our emotional well-being and is among our most important legal rights. Families give us strength, identity, and belonging. People define family differently; not every “family” is formalized in the law. Still, adoption provides a child both relational and legal permanency. November is Adoption Month and celebrates the importance of family to us all, especially for older youth in foster care.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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November 14, 2016

We Will Redouble Our Efforts for Youth in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

The results of last week’s Presidential election have caused fear, anxiety and uncertainty in our communities and especially among the youth we serve. We pledge to you that we will redouble our efforts to fight for justice on behalf of all children involved in our child welfare and justice systems.

To the youth we serve, we hear your fears and frustration.  We will continue to work tirelessly to amplify your voices to reform the systems meant to serve you. 

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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