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May 12, 2016

What is “permanency” and why should you care?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth homelessness is multifaceted, complex, and very different from adult homelessness. A major contributor to youth homelessness nationwide is the failure of the child welfare system to find permanency for all youth in care. Older youth, regardless of age, need and deserve to be connected to a permanent family and support system that both lifts them up and cushions them if they fall.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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March 14, 2016

Virginia Advocates Work to Extend Foster Care to 21

posted by Juvenile Law Center

To date, about half of all states have passed laws or policies to extend care past age 18, and Virginia is poised to soon join the group. Voices for Virginia’s Children, a child policy and advocacy organization, has played a pivotal role in pushing the state to extend foster care past 18. And by using a youth-centered approach, Voices ensured that current and former foster youth were front and center, leading recent discussions with policymakers.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)
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March 25, 2015

Have We Gotten the Message of Anderson v. Houston?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Ten years ago, in Anderson v. HoustonJuvenile Law Center and the ACLU sued the Pennsylvania state child welfare agency for discriminating against relatives who sought to become foster parents. Since Anderson, federal law has radically shifted, but too many youth still age out of foster care without finding family.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)
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February 20, 2015

Youth-Led Video Project Tackles Communication, Placement Issues for Older Foster Care Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

By translating common youth behaviors and communication styles, The Willy Show reminds caseworkers and caregivers that these young people are more than ”foster youth” – they are just like any other young adult who is still growing up.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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May 27, 2014

Growing Up Female in Foster Care: An Interview with Larbriah Morgan, Juvenile Law Center Youth Advocate

posted by Claire Glass, Intern, Juvenile Law Center

On May 13, 2014, the Stoneleigh Foundation held the symposium “What About the Girls?” to address these unique risk factors. Panelists included Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Human Rights Project for Girls; Leslie Acoca, president of the National Girls Health and Justice Institute; Gwendolyn Bailey, executive director of Youth Service, Inc.; and Larbriah (Briah) Morgan, a Juvenile Law Center Youth Advocate.

Juvenile Law Center intern Claire Glass sat down with Briah after the symposium (and her final exams). They discussed the realities she’ll face when she turns 21 and “ages out” of the system in early June, and how she thinks the system could be improved to help more foster youth both make it to and succeed in college and find stable housing.

Tags:Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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