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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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June 16, 2016

Youth Advocating for Change: Make College a Reality for Us

posted by Juvenile Law Center

This year was another great year for our youth advocates. Both programs were passionate about improving access to higher education for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Each group developed a unique project that tackled this issue from slightly different angles.

Tags:Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Juveniles for Justice|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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May 26, 2016

Letting Kids be Kids: The Strengthening Families Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth in foster care often describe normalcy as being able to do all the things their friends who are not in foster care get to do: sleep over at a friend’s house, play on a school team, or go on vacation. But foster youth are routinely denied these typical childhood experiences because of the real or perceived need to get advance approval from the child welfare agency or the court.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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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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April 29, 2016

How can law and policy support foster youth in college?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Foster youth have plans for their future similar to all youth: college, vocational school, getting a good job. The vast majority of foster youth face extreme barriers to achieving these aspirations: only half will graduate from high school, and fewer than 10% will earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they turn 25 (compared to 38% of the general population). Law and policy should support foster youth as they prepare for, attend, and complete college or vocational school.

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