June 26, 2013
Imagine going through school without an adult to consistently look out for you. Children rely on involved adults to make education decisions on their behalf and ensure that schools meet their needs. Adults have roles that range from routine to critical—from signing field trip permission forms, to ensuring a child is in the correct grade, classes and school, to making sure credits transfer when a child changes schools, to protecting the child’s rights to special education services and due process protections in the school discipline context.
Unfortunately, children in foster care—especially those living in residential facilities such as group homes, residential treatment facilities, and hospitals—often have no adult in their lives to serve this role.
June 21, 2013
On June 19, 2013, the Third District Court of Appeals of Florida issued an opinion emphasizing the importance of maintaining an attorney-client relationship in dependency proceedings. The court upheld the attorney-client privilege between R.L.R., a 17-year-old foster youth, and his AttorneysAd Litem (attorneys appointed to represent the child's interests in a dependency case).
June 19, 2013
This PSA from the American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation Committee (CRLC), on which Juvenile Law Center Associate Director Lourdes Rosado serves as co-chair, makes clear the importance of why children—especially those in the child welfare system—need lawyers. Lawyers can improve outcomes for foster youth and help them to secure a permanent home faster.