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February 01, 2018

The New Year Brings High Hopes for Extended Care in Ohio

posted by Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director

On September 13, 2016, Ohio joined the majority of states that have an extended foster care program when Ohio Rev. Code § 5101.1411 became effective. After careful planning for implementation, young people will be able to enroll in the extended care program today, February 1, 2018. Ohio’s extended care program, Bridges, contains a lot of elements that have great promise to help young people make a successful transition to adulthood.

With the kick off to enrollment in Ohio’s extended care program, we are launching our “Doing Extended Care Right” blog series. Each blog will highlight a state that has extended care and promising aspects of its program. We hope this will lead to more conversations and reforms around policies for older youth.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)
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January 24, 2018

Take Action Now: Tell Florida to Protect Foster Youth's Right to an Attorney!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Tomorrow, Florida will consider a state Constitutional Amendment that would protect the rights of youth in foster care to have access to counsel. We need you to call today to support this move! Even if you don't live in Florida, your call will help youth in foster care in the state!

Tags:Access to Counsel|Child Welfare and Foster Care
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January 18, 2018

Forced to Change Schools

posted by Shanice Holmes

In December, The Notebook released a powerful edition dedicated to the issues youth in foster care face in their educational journeys. We were happy to host a twitter chat with them on their coverage of the subject. We thought it would deepen the conversation to invite youth advocates from our Youth Fostering Change advocacy program to share their own stories. In order to address the issues facing young people, it is paramount that their voices be at the table and treated as full partners in identifying needs and advancing policy reform.

Tags:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry
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January 11, 2018

Announcing Winners of the 2018 Leadership Prize!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Leadership Prize! Since 2015, we have presented the Prize to outstanding advocates working to advance the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Like previous awardees, the 2018 recipients’ work has substantially improved the lives of the country’s most vulnerable youth.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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December 27, 2017

Every Donation Makes a Difference

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We know you’re getting lots of messages asking you to support good causes. We hope you’ll see why supporting Juvenile Law Center is more important now than ever. A gift of any size can make a difference. Here's how:

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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