Juvenile Law Center

Publications

Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
A Toolkit to Help Pennsylvania Youth in Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System Prepare for IEP Meetings

Juvenile Law Center collaborated with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and Education Law Center to design a toolkit to help transition-age youth and their advocates prepare for IEP meetings and develop strong IEP Transition Plans. The toolkit helps these youth and their advocates actively engage in the transition planning process by allowing them to set goals, identify barriers, and brainstorm possible services in advance of the IEP meeting.

Cost of Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. Costs, fees, fines, or restitution are imposed in every state. These financial penalties increase recidivism, push impoverished young people deeper into the juvenile justice system, exacerbate racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and heighten economic and emotional distress for families already struggling financially. Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. Costs, fees, fines, or restitution are imposed in every state. These financial penalties increase recidivism, push impoverished young people deeper into the juvenile justice system, exacerbate racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and heighten economic and emotional distress for families already struggling financially.

Child Welfare and Foster Care|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)

Beginning August 1, 2016, foster youth can submit an application and get a disability determination 6 months before their expected discharge date, even if they do not yet meet the income eligibility requirements due to their foster care payments.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances

Juvenile records follow youth well into adulthood and create barriers to employment and education. Protecting records is at the heart of the juvenile justice system’s aim to rehabilitate youth and yet, when unprotected, records punish youth indefinitely. In Future Interrupted, Juvenile Law Center urges that we allow children to grow up unfettered by their childhood mistakes—to have their court involvement remain in the past so they can move forward with their lives.

Child Welfare and Foster Care|Normalcy for Foster Youth

On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (“SFA”) into law. The law includes important provisions for older youth in foster care. This issue brief outlines the provisions of the SFA relating to older youth and suggests how courts can effectively implement them.

Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
How It Can Help Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Foster Youth

This position paper addresses numerous questions about how the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act can help homeless and foster youth.

Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|State and Federal Legislation
A Foster Care & Education Q&A
Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Models for Change

Models for Change recently released a new report titled, The Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing. This report explores the key issues surrounding the constitutional landscape of juvenile sentencing. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy

The APA Handbook of Psychology and Juvenile Justice explores the evolving contributions of psychology to the juvenile justice system. Juvenile Law Center Chief Counsel and Deputy Director, Marsha Levick, and Supervising Attorney, Jessica Feierman, co-authored Chapter 2 of the Handbook, “Children in the Justice System: The Legal Framework.” Feierman also co-authored Chapter 25, “Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems and Approaches.”

Child Welfare and Foster Care
A Guide for Professionals in Pennsylvania

Juvenile Law Center has published a second edition of its comprehensive guide to transition planning for youth with disabilities.

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