Juvenile Law Center

I want to discuss the silence in Luzerne County, how everyone was quiet, no one said anything ... even [youth] were silenced by what was taking place. It was only through Juvenile Law Center that we were given voices.

Hillary Transue, victim of the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal

2017 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize

Juvenile Law Center’s annual Leadership Prize is awarded to outstanding advocates working to advance the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Internationally recognized for its expertise, Juvenile Law Center has been a trailblazer in the field of contemporary children’s law. Recipients of this prize are leading lights in the field whose inspirational careers have served as beacons for the next generation of advocates, and whose work has substantially improved the lives of America’s most vulnerable children. Learn more about the 2017 Prize winners below or click here.


Child Welfare Leadership Prize

MaryLee Allen is the Director of Policy for the Children's Defense Fund. From its inception, the Children's Defense Fund has challenged the United States to improve policies and programs for children. Over the years, it has become known for careful research on children’s survival, protection and development in all racial and income groups and for independent analyses of how federal and state policies affect children, their families and their communities.

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Juvenile Justice Leadership Prize

Inspired to work on behalf of youth by her upbringing in the South Bronx by Puerto Rican migrants, Gladys Carrión believes that our juvenile justice system should treat young people as we would treat our own. As Commissioner for New York State's Office for Children and Family Services [2007-2013], Gladys inherited a system she described as "toxic."

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Special Prize for Global Advocacy

Lois Whitman is the founding director of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division, which investigates and works to end human rights abuses against children globally, including the use of child soldiers, extreme sentences in the criminal justice system, the worst forms of child labor, torture of children, attacks on students, teachers, and schools, and abuses of migrant children.

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Download our 2014-2015 Case for Support


One of Juvenile Law Center’s greatest strengths is our agility – our ability to respond quickly to changes in the environment to advance our agenda. Expanding our resources will allow us to swiftly react to unexpected opportunities to improve outcomes for children.

As we head into our 40th Anniversary year, we can look back on our success, effectiveness and achievements. With your partnership, we will continue to implement our vision, be sustainable, and maintain our mission of helping America’s youth.

Please download our 2014-2015 Case for Support and learn about ways you can support Juvenile Law Center with an endowment or multi-year major gift.

With your help, Juvenile Law Center will continue to lead in improving public systems that affect the lives of tens of thousands of young people in the child welfare and justice systems.

For more information, please contact Rosie McNamara-Jones at r[email protected] or call (215) 625-055.

Be Part of our Community of Giving

Juvenile Law Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the oldest multi-disciplinary children’s rights organization in the United States. Working at the national and state levels, we play a leadership role in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, ensure access to appropriate services, and create opportunities for success.


Juvenile Law Center serves society's most vulnerable youth. They are most likely to be mislabeled, ignored, harmed, or scarred for life by systems that are supposed to help them. We depend on individuals, corporations, and foundations for financial support. Unrestricted gifts enable us to move quickly as circumstances demand and opportunities arise.


United Way Donations

Support us through donations made to United Way. Use the donation numbers below to designate your contribution: 

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: 784
United Way of Delaware: 3954
United Way of Allegheny County: 223045

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Giving Library

We were one of 500 organizations initially asked to participate in the Laura and John Arnold Foundation Giving Library, which connects donors to nonprofits through online video interviews.  

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Local Supporters

Thanks to Philadelphia-area businesses Jeffrey A. Miller Catering and Clear Sound Professional Audio/Visual Support for their support!

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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