Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Recommendations to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice

Recommendations from Juvenile Law Center for legislators to address broad reform goals within the juvenile justice system in the wake of the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Shows that while legal representation of children in the child welfare system has seen improvement in recent years due to the enactment of Act 18, more work is needed for child legal advocates to be in compliance with state law.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Developed to assist Pennsylvania counties in crafting county-specific pre-adjudication diversion policies and protocols to guide local practice.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Provides Pennsylvania youth and those who work on their behalf with information on youths' legal rights in the substitute care system and how they can best advocate for themselves.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Tool for state policymakers, administrators, and advocates to use as they advocate for and develop legislation to extend support to young adults beyond age 18. Intended to be the basis for new legislation or for help in evaluating current state laws or pending legislation.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Educates youth who have been involved in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system and discusses the challenges an adult with juvenile records may face and how one can expunge his or her juvenile records.

Child Welfare and Foster Care
A How-To Guide on Collecting and Sharing Information to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in Out-of-Home Care

Provides guidance on how child welfare and education agencies can better collect and share data about the educational needs of youth in the child welfare system.

Child Welfare and Foster Care
Seventh Edition

Familiarizes professionals and lay readers with Pennsylvania’s child abuse and neglect laws and regulations; distinguishes between the Juvenile Act and the Child Protective Services Law.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Provides juvenile defense attorneys and advocates with information on the accessibility of juvenile records, the lasting consequences of having a juvenile record on file, and the standard process for petitioning the court for an expungement.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Reviews state statues to determine what safeguards exist to protect youth from this form of self-incrimination.

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