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June 09, 2015

Normalcy: Not Just an "Extra" for Youth in Foster Care

posted by Juvenile Law Center

"Normalcy," or every-day experiences that define childhood and adolescence, is out of reach for many youth in foster care. Juvenile Law Center's new guide helps states implement federal requirements aimed at prioritizing normalcy for foster youth.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Normalcy for Foster Youth|State and Federal Legislation
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January 14, 2015

Interactive Information Sharing Tool Kit Now Available Online

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center has just released an updated Information Sharing Tool Kit, a product created in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice as part of Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiatives. Originally developed in 2008, the updated Tool Kit has been transformed into an interactive website designed to assist jurisdictions in creating and implementing information and data sharing initiatives in order to achieve better outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Information Sharing|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Models for Change
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June 12, 2014

Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates Create Guide to Higher Education Success for Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Increasing the number of foster youth who graduate from college is a critical goal. As we know, earning a bachelor's degree creates a path to job stability, success, and higher earnings—a path that should and must be open to these youth.

In an effort to meet this goal, our Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates devoted their 2012-2013 program year to helping foster youth in Philadelphia better plan their educational futures.

Tags:Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Youth Engagement Programs
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June 05, 2014

Youth Advocates Create Guide, Video to Help Youth Navigate the Juvenile Court Process

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A quick test of your knowledge about the juvenile court process: Did you know that, in juvenile court, you have the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses? Do you know what happens during an adjudicatory hearing? Did you know that judges can order a consent decree as an alternative to formally pressing charges against you?

Navigating the juvenile court process is challenging. As you can tell from above, the language used in court is not particularly youth-friendly. Many youth aren't fully aware of their rights in the juvenile court process and what happens if they're "adjudicated delinquent" (the term for being found guilty in juvenile court).

Tags:Juveniles for Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Law Center Publications|Youth Engagement Programs
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