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March 21, 2017

Honoring the 2017 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize Winners

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Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes.

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March 13, 2017

Eight Recommendations for Homelessness Prevention for Youth Aging Out of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director Jennifer Pokempner testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Councilwoman’s Blackwell’s Resolution 170027 to investigate ways the city can prevent homeless through new models.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Normalcy for Foster Youth
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March 07, 2017

Policy Victory on Economic Justice for Families of Incarcerated Youth

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Juvenile Law Center’s work on costs, fines and fees for youth in the juvenile justice system and their families featured in national news; Philadelphia changes citywide policy on “child support” fine collection.

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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.

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