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November 24, 2017

Teens Need Families, No Matter What: Identifying Barriers So We Can Overcome Them

posted by Natane Eaddy, Staff Attorney; Dominique Mikell, Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow

According to research, the critical brain development that occurs during teenage years must be supported by strong and stable connections with family, friends, and community. This means helping teenagers embrace and be part of families is essential to healthy development. It is a moral imperative if we are to meet our obligation to youth in the child welfare system. Unfortunately, each year as a country, we fail to meet this imperative.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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November 18, 2017

Families for Youth Must be a Moral Imperative in Adoption Month and Every Month

posted by Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center; Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center

November marks National Adoption Month – a month we must come and leave with a sense of urgency and purpose. Large numbers of youth in the child welfare system are waiting to be reunified with or find family. Children need families to heal and to grow. Every child deserves a family to have a fair shot at health, happiness, and success in life. When we do not provide youth what they need to grow and achieve their potential we not only fail them, but also put them at great risk.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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November 07, 2017

2017 National Adoption Month: Teens Need Families, No Matter What

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As part of National Adoption Month, we’re kicking off a special blog series focused on older youth in foster care and the importance of family and permanency. Throughout November, we’ll highlight the need for family and permanency, investigate common barriers, uplift success stories, and share policies and reforms that support achieving permanency for older youth in foster care.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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October 27, 2017

Marsha Levick Receives AACAP's Highest Honor, 2017 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We’re thrilled to announce the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) selected Juvenile Law Center’s Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Marsha Levick for the 2017 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award – the Academy’s highest honor. Marsha was recognized at the AACAP’s annual event on Wednesday in Washington, DC.

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October 20, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: Next Steps for Advocates

posted by Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney

In August, Juvenile Law Center launched a series of blog posts based on our new report on improving access to career pathways for system-involved youth. The series highlighted several initiatives taking place in Philadelphia that could be replicated elsewhere, and it featured interviews with key local stakeholders. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the ideas and programs featured in the series.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Second Chances
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