Juvenile Law Center

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Outlines benefits that will be realized by acting on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's budget proposal to fully implement the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, which provides states with incentives to improve outcomes for foster youth and promote adoption and legal guardianship.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Public comments from youth advocates on proposed standards for the implementation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Guide to help parents and guardians better understand the juvenile justice process. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Urges greater attention to the "school-to-prison pipeline" crisis and suggests how it should be addressed in federal policy.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Recommendations to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice

Recommendations from Juvenile Law Center for legislators to address broad reform goals within the juvenile justice system in the wake of the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Shows that while legal representation of children in the child welfare system has seen improvement in recent years due to the enactment of Act 18, more work is needed for child legal advocates to be in compliance with state law.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Developed to assist Pennsylvania counties in crafting county-specific pre-adjudication diversion policies and protocols to guide local practice.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Provides Pennsylvania youth and those who work on their behalf with information on youths' legal rights in the substitute care system and how they can best advocate for themselves.

Child Welfare and Foster Care

Tool for state policymakers, administrators, and advocates to use as they advocate for and develop legislation to extend support to young adults beyond age 18. Intended to be the basis for new legislation or for help in evaluating current state laws or pending legislation.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Educates youth who have been involved in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system and discusses the challenges an adult with juvenile records may face and how one can expunge his or her juvenile records.

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One of the most important lessons from our 40 years of experience is that children involved with the justice and foster care systems need zealous legal advocates. Your support for our work is more important now than ever before. Support