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July 18, 2017

A Powerful Tool for Change in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems: The Americans with Disabilities Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live, work, and access services in the community to the same degree as their non-disabled peers. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations be made so that differently-abled people may lead full, rich lives. These protections apply to everyone with a disability – including young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Mental Health Treatment|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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July 17, 2017

Making Sure Youth Are Seen - And Heard - In Court

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Youth Fostering Change traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to present their finalized court participation tools and recommendations to Sandra Moore, Director of the Office of Children and Families in the Courts, and Stephenie Strayer, Judicial Program Analyst. Ms. Moore and Ms. Strayer were excited to hear about the project and supported the youth advocates’ recommendations.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Youth Engagement Programs
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June 28, 2017

Commonwealth v. Batts: We Won!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Commonwealth v. Batts that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in Batts and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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June 27, 2017

Real Pride: Spotlight on Programs for LGBTQ Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention estimates that LGBTQ youth are approximately 7% of the population generally but 13-15% of those in the juvenile justice system. 

As we close out Pride month, we’re shining a spotlight on three organizations and their work focusing on LGBTQ youth across the country: Project HOME, BreakOUT!, and Lambda Legal.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 23, 2017

Wisconsin Judge Condemns Solitary Confinement

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Today in Wisconsin, Western District Judge Peterson found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities violate kids’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. We originally filed the lawsuit in January on behalf of boys and girls held in Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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