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August 04, 2017

Making a Truly Healthy Transition to Adulthood Relies on a Strong Medicaid Program and Our Commitment to Enhance Access to Quality Care

posted by Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center

Meeting a young person’s health and behavioral health needs is foundational to a successful transition to adulthood. If these needs are not met, it is hard to meet other goals like working, going to school, and taking care of family. Making sure these needs are adequately addressed is a significant foster care and aging out issue because of the large numbers of youth in foster care who do have behavioral health challenges and have been exposed to trauma.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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July 26, 2017

Tips and Legal Strategies to Support Youth with Disabilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare system, and planning for their transition out of care and into a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Juvenile Law Center produced a four-part webinar series that provides tips and legal strategies to help support child welfare-involved youth as they prepare for that transition.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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May 23, 2017

For many youth "a cell phone is life."

posted by Anthony Simpson, youth advocate

The stigma attached to being homeless has a massive impact on the prevention and direct treatment of homelessness, regardless the severity of one’s situation. No child should bear the responsibility of acquiring housing alone. These days, though, technology is so accessible and essential to the social sphere of young people. We are never truly alone, are we? During my bouts with homelessness the most common possession I had (as did other teens I’d met in shelters or when we were just looking for a permanent home) was the same object many teenagers have in their pockets - a smartphone. A cell phone is life. It’s a way to keep in touch with friends we’ve had to separate from, how we keep track of time for when the days seemed to blend together between cat naps, and for some, memorabilia of a time before finding ourselves without shelter.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Teens and Technology|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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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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March 14, 2016

Virginia Advocates Work to Extend Foster Care to 21

posted by Juvenile Law Center

To date, about half of all states have passed laws or policies to extend care past age 18, and Virginia is poised to soon join the group. Voices for Virginia’s Children, a child policy and advocacy organization, has played a pivotal role in pushing the state to extend foster care past 18. And by using a youth-centered approach, Voices ensured that current and former foster youth were front and center, leading recent discussions with policymakers.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)
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