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July 26, 2017

Tips and Legal Strategies to Support Youth with Disabilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare system, and planning for their transition out of care and into a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Juvenile Law Center produced a four-part webinar series that provides tips and legal strategies to help support child welfare-involved youth as they prepare for that transition.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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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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May 23, 2017

For many youth "a cell phone is life."

posted by Anthony Simpson, youth advocate

The stigma attached to being homeless has a massive impact on the prevention and direct treatment of homelessness, regardless the severity of one’s situation. No child should bear the responsibility of acquiring housing alone. These days, though, technology is so accessible and essential to the social sphere of young people. We are never truly alone, are we? During my bouts with homelessness the most common possession I had (as did other teens I’d met in shelters or when we were just looking for a permanent home) was the same object many teenagers have in their pockets - a smartphone. A cell phone is life. It’s a way to keep in touch with friends we’ve had to separate from, how we keep track of time for when the days seemed to blend together between cat naps, and for some, memorabilia of a time before finding ourselves without shelter.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Teens and Technology|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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March 13, 2017

Eight Recommendations for Homelessness Prevention for Youth Aging Out of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director Jennifer Pokempner testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Councilwoman’s Blackwell’s Resolution 170027 to investigate ways the city can prevent homeless through new models.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Normalcy for Foster Youth
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November 22, 2016

Everyone Deserves a Family: Adoption and Young Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We asked older youth and young adults about their thoughts on finding family and on adoption. Below are the insights of Jason, 24 (pictured above with his parents), who is currently in law school and an advocate for youth in foster care. He was adopted at age 23 and speaks compellingly of the importance of family and the joy he has experienced from being part of a family.

The right to family is fundamental to our emotional well-being and is among our most important legal rights. Families give us strength, identity, and belonging. People define family differently; not every “family” is formalized in the law. Still, adoption provides a child both relational and legal permanency. November is Adoption Month and celebrates the importance of family to us all, especially for older youth in foster care.

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