Juvenile Law Center

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.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Juvenile Law Center has created this guide, Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care, to help states embed the new “normalcy” requirements of the law into their own state law and regulation.

Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
Youth Recommendations to Reduce Homelessness for Youth Aging out of the Child Welfare System

Our advocates recognized that most of them had either experienced homelessness or were in fear of becoming homeless at some point in their young adult life. They decided to create recommendations to reduce youth homelessness.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Tools for Improving Academic and Career/Technical Education in the Juvenile Justice System

Youth typically enter juvenile justice placements with significant educational deficits. Nationally, as many as two-thirds of youth drop out of school after release from juvenile facilities.This publication examines one particular initiative that has shown great success in combating this problem—the Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT). PACTT’s model suggests that, despite the inevitable stress and disruption of juvenile placement, thoughtful interventions can help youth to get back on track.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

In Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay, Juvenile Law Center draws from a 50 state review of state statutes, conversations with national stakeholders and decision-makers, and input from preeminent researchers and scholars in the field.  The publication aims to start a deeper conversation about state policies – including agency policy, state statute, and regulations – that can address the problem of unnecessarily long stays in juvenile facilities.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Youth Engagement Programs

Youth advocates in Juveniles for Justice, one of Juvenile Law Center's youth engagement programs, created a set of recommendations aimed at addressing systemic problems with educational services provided in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Sharing Education Records to Improve Outcomes for Children in the Juvenile Justice System

Children in the juvenile justice system are at high-risk of falling behind educationally and dropping out of school. Responsible information-sharing can help address these problems. This publication explores how education records can be responsibly shared with juvenile justice staff under one relevant federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Support Juvenile Law Center

One of the most important lessons from our 40 years of experience is that children involved with the justice and foster care systems need zealous legal advocates. Your support for our work is more important now than ever before. Support