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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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March 10, 2016

Marsha Levick Named Winner of 2015 Philadelphia Award

posted by Executive Director, Sue Mangold

We’re thrilled to announce that our own Marsha Levick was named winner of the 2015 Philadelphia Award! This prestigious award, established in 1921 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Bok, is presented annually to Philadelphia-area residents who act and serve in the best interest of the community.

Tags:News and Announcements
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March 04, 2016

Youth First: It's Time to Shut Down Youth Prisons

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center is a national partner with Youth First, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with their state advocates on policy reforms and supporting their work with our litigation advocacy. Today, we’re proud to build on that partnership by supporting Youth First’s new national initiative to reform youth justice in America.

Tags:Diversion Strategies|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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March 03, 2016

Keeping Our Promise to Foster Youth: Holding Systems Accountable while Implementing the Strengthening Families Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (SFA) is our country’s most recent piece of federal legislation impacting child welfare systems, with the potential to touch almost every area of child welfare policy and practice. The law holds particular promise for older foster youth who are often forgotten by the child welfare system. Without good enforcement mechanisms, however, even the best law has little chance of success. This is especially true of laws that impact vulnerable children. Luckily, there are many ways to hold systems accountable while states implement the SFA.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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March 01, 2016

What's on our radar this week

posted by Juvenile Law Center

What's on our radar this week? Every Tuesday, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading.

Tags:Weekly Newswire
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