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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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May 23, 2017

For many youth "a cell phone is life."

posted by Anthony Simpson, youth advocate

The stigma attached to being homeless has a massive impact on the prevention and direct treatment of homelessness, regardless the severity of one’s situation. No child should bear the responsibility of acquiring housing alone. These days, though, technology is so accessible and essential to the social sphere of young people. We are never truly alone, are we? During my bouts with homelessness the most common possession I had (as did other teens I’d met in shelters or when we were just looking for a permanent home) was the same object many teenagers have in their pockets - a smartphone. A cell phone is life. It’s a way to keep in touch with friends we’ve had to separate from, how we keep track of time for when the days seemed to blend together between cat naps, and for some, memorabilia of a time before finding ourselves without shelter.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Fostering Connections|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Teens and Technology|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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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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November 19, 2015

Extraordinary Before and After 40

posted by Executive Director Sue Mangold

Pictured above: Robert Scott, Board Member Elizabeth Scott, Executive Director Sue Mangold, and Board President Barry Zubrow at Juvenile Law Center's 40th Anniversary Dinner.

During the winter holidays, many of us gather to give thanks. I am especially grateful this holiday season as I return to the Juvenile Law Center family as the new Executive Director and reflect upon both its remarkable past and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. What I have recognized upon returning to Juvenile Law Center is that our everyday work is extraordinary!

Tags:40th Anniversary|Access to Education|Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Juvenile Sex Offender Registration|News and Announcements|Older Youth with Disabilities|Youth Engagement Programs
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July 20, 2015

Disability Rights are Children’s Rights: What the ADA Means for Youth in the Child Welfare System

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Twenty-five years ago, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Disability rights are children’s rights because children with disabilities are extremely over-represented in the child welfare system.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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