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January 28, 2016

President's Ban on Solitary Confinement is a Model for States

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We applaud President Obama’s leadership in eliminating solitary confinement and promoting developmentally appropriate, evidence-based policies and practices as the standard in all federal and state juvenile justice facilities.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Mental Health Treatment|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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October 29, 2015

Youth Fostering Change Alums Attend Foster Youth in Action Conference in D.C.

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this month, advocates Tevin and Jasmine joined fellow foster youth advocates from eighteen states at the Leaders for Change conference in Washington, D.C.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy|Youth Engagement Programs
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April 01, 2015

Child abuse beyond the family

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As the country spends April doing more for children in dire circumstances, we’re leading efforts to protect child welfare- and justice-involved youth from abusive conditions.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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March 20, 2014

Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 6: System Involvement Can Traumatize—or Often Retraumatize—Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Amanda Lorah, one of the youth featured in the film “Kids for Cash,” grew up with her father and struggled in school to overcome her perceived social stigma of having a single-parent family. Friendships mattered to Amanda.

When one of those friendships ended badly and the girl became verbally abusive, Amanda fought with the girl in the school gymnasium. At 14, she was arrested and taken to juvenile court, where she was charged with aggravated assault. After a hasty adjudication by then Judge Ciavarella, she was immediately shackled and taken away from her father to a secure juvenile detention facility. Amanda spent most of the next 5 years in placement in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, terrified and traumatized by her separation from family and friends.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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February 04, 2013

National Trauma Convening Explores Implications of Trauma on Legal Advocacy for Youth in Child Welfare and Justice Systems

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On January 28-29, Juvenile Law Center hosted "Trauma and Resilience: A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems." More than 35 national experts from the legal, mental health, and public health fields gathered to discuss the effects of trauma—particularly stemming from violence, both on a personal level and within economically disadvantaged communities—on youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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