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July 18, 2017

A Powerful Tool for Change in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems: The Americans with Disabilities Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live, work, and access services in the community to the same degree as their non-disabled peers. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations be made so that differently-abled people may lead full, rich lives. These protections apply to everyone with a disability – including young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Mental Health Treatment|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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January 28, 2016

President's Ban on Solitary Confinement is a Model for States

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We applaud President Obama’s leadership in eliminating solitary confinement and promoting developmentally appropriate, evidence-based policies and practices as the standard in all federal and state juvenile justice facilities.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Mental Health Treatment|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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November 30, 2015

Preparing Tanya for Adulthood: Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and many of them are not connected to critical support services to help them live independently as adults. To help child advocates better prepare youth with disabilities for adulthood, Juvenile Law Center is partnering with the Support Center for Child Advocates to produce a monthly webinar training series for child welfare and juvenile justice professionals in Pennsylvania.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Mental Health Treatment|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Ruling Protects Youth in Court-Ordered Treatment

posted by Juvenile Law Center

In an important ruling earlier this month, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held that the Commonwealth could not use a youth’s statements to therapists in court-ordered placement to prosecute the youth on new charges.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Mental Health Treatment
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