Blog http://jlc.org/blog/2013-06/child-welfare/20 en For many youth "a cell phone is life." http://jlc.org/blog/many-youth-cell-phone-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_202.jpg?1495468177" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anthony Simpson, youth advocate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-05-23 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="600" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/anthony-simpson.jpg?1495468177" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Anthony Simpson, is an employee and advocate of Youth Fostering Change at Juvenile Law Center, current member at the Achieving Independence Center and a former homeless youth.</em></p> <p><hr /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/many-youth-cell-phone-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 Mon, 22 May 2017 15:49:37 +0000 admin 8077 at http://jlc.org Celebrating Gault, But Still Fighting http://jlc.org/blog/celebrating-gault-still-fighting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Mangold, Executive Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-05-15 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="1303" height="650" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/katy_0.jpg?1494945075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today is the 50th Anniversary of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_re_Gault">In Re Gault</a>, the U.S. Supreme Court case that granted children the right to counsel and other key due process protections when facing delinquency charges in juvenile court. Fifty years later, full implementation of the decision remains uneven, but its promise still guides our advocacy as we continue to work to ensure that kids are treated fairly by our justice system.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today is the 50th Anniversary of In Re Gault, the U.S. Supreme Court case that granted children the right to counsel and other key due process protections when facing delinquency charges in juvenile court. Fifty years later, full implementation of the decision remains uneven, but its promise still guides our advocacy as we continue to work to ensure that kids are treated fairly by our justice system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/celebrating-gault-still-fighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Counsel Cost of Justice Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Mon, 15 May 2017 18:52:55 +0000 admin 8074 at http://jlc.org Sessions' Move on Consent Decrees a Step Backward http://jlc.org/blog/sessions-move-consent-decrees-step-backward <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_201.jpg?1491490046" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Susan Mangold, Executive Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-04-06 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/5566452462_c1f53f8d11_o.jpg?1491490046" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In one of the latest examples of efforts by the current administration to undo reforms, Attorney General Sessions has announced in a memo to Justice Department attorneys that they must review all “existing and contemplated consent decrees.” This directive calls into question the consent decrees negotiated by the Justice Department with cities and police forces throughout the country to address discriminatory practices and abuses by police.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In one of the latest examples of efforts by the current administration to undo reforms, Attorney General Sessions has announced in a memo to Justice Department attorneys that they must review all “existing and contemplated consent decrees.” This directive calls into question the consent decrees negotiated by the Justice Department with cities and police forces throughout the country to address discriminatory practices and abuses by police.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/sessions-move-consent-decrees-step-backward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cost of Justice Juvenile and Criminal Justice Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:31:50 +0000 admin 8026 at http://jlc.org Honoring the 2017 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize Winners http://jlc.org/blog/honoring-2017-juvenile-law-center-leadership-prize-winners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_200.jpg?1490124477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-03-21 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/2017LeadershipWinners-sm.jpg?1490124477" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes. These are awarded to outstanding advocates working to advance the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Recipients of this prize are leading lights in the field whose inspirational careers have served as beacons for the next generation of advocates, and whose work has substantially improved the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/honoring-2017-juvenile-law-center-leadership-prize-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News and Announcements Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:27:57 +0000 admin 8016 at http://jlc.org Eight Recommendations for Homelessness Prevention for Youth Aging Out of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems http://jlc.org/blog/eight-recommendations-homelessness-prevention-youth-aging-out-child-welfare-and-juvenile-justic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-03-13 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="2047" height="1366" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/philadelphia-city-hall.jpg?1490018661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director <a href="http://www.pec-cares.org/policy.html" target="_blank">Jennifer Pokempner testified</a> 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 homelessness through new models. There are many causes of youth and young adult homelessness, and we must have targeted responses to each one.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/eight-recommendations-homelessness-prevention-youth-aging-out-child-welfare-and-juvenile-justic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice Normalcy for Foster Youth Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:07:42 +0000 admin 8012 at http://jlc.org Policy Victory on Economic Justice for Families of Incarcerated Youth http://jlc.org/blog/policy-victory-economic-justice-families-incarcerated-youth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_199.jpg?1488912023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-03-07 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/j4j-citycouncilhearing.jpg?1488912023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Above: Eugene and Anahi, youth advocates with our Juveniles for Justice program, speaking before City Council on costs and fees</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Juvenile Law Center’s work on costs, fines and fees for youth in the juvenile justice system and their families featured in national news; Philadelphia changes citywide policy on “child support” fine collection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/policy-victory-economic-justice-families-incarcerated-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cost of Justice Juvenile and Criminal Justice Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:39:29 +0000 admin 8004 at http://jlc.org Does Incarcerating Youth Affect Their Health As Adults? http://jlc.org/blog/does-incarcerating-youth-affect-their-health-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_198.jpg?1487880235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-02-23 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/optometrist-91750_1920.jpg?1487880235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new study by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) entitled, <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/01/19/peds.2016-2624">How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes?</a> indicates that youth who are incarcerated have poor health outcomes as they mature into adults.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new study by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) entitled, <em>How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes?</em> indicates that youth who are incarcerated have poor health outcomes as they mature into adults. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, most people would agree that “[t]he healthy development of all children is essential for a thriving and prosperous community.” The findings of the APA study provide support for the Juvenile Law Center’s <em>Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay</em>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/does-incarcerating-youth-affect-their-health-adults" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Healthcare Juvenile and Criminal Justice Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:03:55 +0000 admin 7989 at http://jlc.org Access to Healthcare for Foster Youth: Why Medicaid to 26 Matters http://jlc.org/blog/access-healthcare-foster-youth-why-medicaid-26-matters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_197.jpg?1487024202" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-02-13 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/shy2-crop.jpg?1487024202" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Medicaid to 26 is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which has allowed foster youth to stay insured after they leave care.&nbsp;It provides parity with other young people who have the option of staying on their parents’ plans until they are 26. This significant policy win has ensured that young people in vulnerable positions who need basic insurance and may experience health issues and/or disabilities have access to care. Here are some of the ways in which it has helped former foster youth:</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Medicaid to 26 is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which has allowed foster youth to stay insured after they leave care.&nbsp;It provides parity with other young people who have the option of staying on their parents’ plans until they are 26. This significant policy win has ensured that young people in vulnerable positions who need basic insurance and may experience health issues and/or disabilities have access to care.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/access-healthcare-foster-youth-why-medicaid-26-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Healthcare Child Welfare and Foster Care Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:59:27 +0000 admin 7983 at http://jlc.org Setting the Stage for Success in 2017: 2016 Year-End Highlights http://jlc.org/blog/setting-stage-success-2017-2016-year-end-highlights <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_196.jpg?1484166962" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-01-12 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/person-598191_1920.jpg?1484166962" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Happy New Year! While we are preparing to confront new challenges in 2017, we ended 2016 with important wins in some of our key issue areas: reducing transfer to adult court, ending juvenile life-without-parole and other extreme sentencing, and improving educational access and success for foster youth and justice system-involved youth.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Happy New Year! While we are preparing to confront new challenges in 2017, we ended 2016 with some important wins in some of our key issue areas: reducing transfer to adult court, ending juvenile life-without-parole and other extreme sentencing, and improving educational access and success for foster youth and justice system-involved youth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/setting-stage-success-2017-2016-year-end-highlights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Cost of Justice Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Reducing Transfers to the Adult System Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:39:04 +0000 admin 7918 at http://jlc.org Everyone Deserves a Family: Adoption and Young Adults http://jlc.org/blog/everyone-deserves-family-adoption-and-young-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_195.jpg?1479829302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2016-11-22 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="577" height="301" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/Jason-parents.jpg?1479829302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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. They provide the foundation and anchor when we first strike out on our own, support us when we take risks, and help us find out who we are. People define family differently; not every “family” is formalized in the law. Still, adoption provides a child both relational and legal permanency. The symbolism and reality of this legal tie is extremely meaningful.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/everyone-deserves-family-adoption-and-young-adults" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Normalcy for Foster Youth Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:41:22 +0000 admin 7876 at http://jlc.org