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August 04, 2017

Making a Truly Healthy Transition to Adulthood Relies on a Strong Medicaid Program and Our Commitment to Enhance Access to Quality Care

posted by Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center

Meeting a young person’s health and behavioral health needs is foundational to a successful transition to adulthood. If these needs are not met, it is hard to meet other goals like working, going to school, and taking care of family. Making sure these needs are adequately addressed is a significant foster care and aging out issue because of the large numbers of youth in foster care who do have behavioral health challenges and have been exposed to trauma.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Older Youth with Disabilities|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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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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October 29, 2015

Youth Fostering Change Alums Attend Foster Youth in Action Conference in D.C.

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this month, advocates Tevin and Jasmine joined fellow foster youth advocates from eighteen states at the Leaders for Change conference in Washington, D.C.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy|Youth Engagement Programs
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April 01, 2015

Child abuse beyond the family

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As the country spends April doing more for children in dire circumstances, we’re leading efforts to protect child welfare- and justice-involved youth from abusive conditions.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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March 20, 2014

Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 6: System Involvement Can Traumatize—or Often Retraumatize—Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Amanda Lorah, one of the youth featured in the film “Kids for Cash,” grew up with her father and struggled in school to overcome her perceived social stigma of having a single-parent family. Friendships mattered to Amanda.

When one of those friendships ended badly and the girl became verbally abusive, Amanda fought with the girl in the school gymnasium. At 14, she was arrested and taken to juvenile court, where she was charged with aggravated assault. After a hasty adjudication by then Judge Ciavarella, she was immediately shackled and taken away from her father to a secure juvenile detention facility. Amanda spent most of the next 5 years in placement in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, terrified and traumatized by her separation from family and friends.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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