Responding to COVID-19: How You Can Support Older Youth in Pennsylvania Who Are Experiencing Homelessness or Who Have Experience in Foster Care

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This is a resource targeted at those working with young people in Pennsylvania who have experience with homelessness and/or foster care and have had their higher education program disrupted by COVID-19.  This tip sheet provides action steps you can take and resources in Pennsylvania.  This document complements our recently released resource that was geared toward a national audience.  We hope you will use both publications to inform yourself, help individual youth, and advocate for more services and support for young people across the county. 

About the Expert

Kate Burdick is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center with over a decade of experience advocating for youth in the justice and child welfare systems. She first started at Juvenile in 2009 as the eighth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law, then later served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP) and Staff Attorney. Between fellowships, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Nadia Mozaffar is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, economic justice issues, and protecting the rights of young people in the adult justice system.

Marcía Hopkins joined Juvenile Law Center as staff in October 2016, having previously completed a one-year graduate-level social work internship with the Youth Advocacy Program from 2014-2015. She is currently the Director of Youth Advocacy. In her role, Marcia collaborates with our internal departments, youth advocates and community partners to lead efforts around youth justice and child welfare reform, calling for the ultimate abolition of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.