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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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August 28, 2017

How Do We Respond to Charlottesville?

posted by Marcus Jarvis

In the past decade, America has become incredibly different than it was in the years before. The events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month were a disheartening reminder of this country’s past. Watching it put faces to people I usually only hear about and never see. It was a reminder that the stories I read about in history class were real. There is apparently still some fight left in the opposing forces we as a people were triumphant agains

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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August 25, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: The Vitality of Vital Records

posted by Essie Lazarus, Juvenile Law Center intern

Large numbers of youth leave the child welfare and juvenile justice systems without their vital documents or they are not able to maintain them due to housing instability. Not having these records makes smoothly transitioning to adulthood difficult, if not impossible. The consequences system-involved youth experience by not having these essential records include potential housing instability, the inability to pursue certain educational opportunities and financial aid, and lack of access to public benefits. Not having identification can also be a barrier to employment.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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