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September 18, 2017

We need you to help us stop dangerous legislation that will harm youth in the child welfare system!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Senate is dangerously close to passing the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest in a series of bills which aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate the current funding of Medicaid. Call your Senators TODAY and demand they vote NO on the Cassidy-Graham bill.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|State and Federal Legislation
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September 15, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: Providing Support for Trauma-Exposed Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

posted by Patrick Took, Juvenile Law Center Legal Intern

Trauma-informed care must be included alongside other career programming so that youth can begin properly preparing gainful employment upon release. If trauma-informed care and job training are implemented successfully, our juvenile justice system can become a real instrument for positive change and rehabilitation.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Second Chances|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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September 13, 2017

Take Action Now: Support Higher Ed Success for Youth in Foster Care, Experiencing Homelessness

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, two bills were introduced in Congress to help homeless and foster youth transition successfully to higher education and receive the financial aid and other supports they need to complete their degrees.

TAKE ACTION NOW TO SUPPORT THESE IMPORTANT BILLS!

Tags:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|State and Federal Legislation
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September 05, 2017

Youth Fostering Change Advocacy Project Uplifts Youth Voice in Court

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Each year our youth advocates in Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice do amazing work focused on one reform issue, and this year was no different. We’re so excited to share this video featuring YFC’s final project and policy recommendations to empower youth in dependency court hearings.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Youth Engagement Programs
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September 01, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: New Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

posted by Elisa Egonu, Legal Intern, and Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney

As any high schooler can tell you, finding paid work experiences in today’s economy can be a real challenge. But youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice and foster care systems face a particularly difficult road. In addition to the challenges of system involvement, youth with disabilities often encounter discriminatory attitudes or hiring practices when searching for a job, and they may need additional supports, workplace accommodations, or specialized training to secure and maintain employment. These added hurdles dramatically hinder these young people’s chance of success; research shows that youth and young adults with disabilities are employed at less than half the rate of their non-disabled peers.

Tags:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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