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November 22, 2016

Everyone Deserves a Family: Adoption and Young Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We asked older youth and young adults about their thoughts on finding family and on adoption. Below are the insights of Jason, 24 (pictured above with his parents), who is currently in law school and an advocate for youth in foster care. He was adopted at age 23 and speaks compellingly of the importance of family and the joy he has experienced from being part of a family.

The right to family is fundamental to our emotional well-being and is among our most important legal rights. Families give us strength, identity, and belonging. People define family differently; not every “family” is formalized in the law. Still, adoption provides a child both relational and legal permanency. November is Adoption Month and celebrates the importance of family to us all, especially for older youth in foster care.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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November 14, 2016

We Will Redouble Our Efforts for Youth in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

The results of last week’s Presidential election have caused fear, anxiety and uncertainty in our communities and especially among the youth we serve. We pledge to you that we will redouble our efforts to fight for justice on behalf of all children involved in our child welfare and justice systems.

To the youth we serve, we hear your fears and frustration.  We will continue to work tirelessly to amplify your voices to reform the systems meant to serve you. 

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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October 25, 2016

Youth Fostering Change advocates attend 2016 Foster Youth in Action Conference in D.C.

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth Fostering Chance advocates Shanice, Marcia Hopkins (youth advocate program manager), Brittany, and Russell at the 2016 Foster Youth in Action Conference.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Youth Engagement Programs
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October 07, 2016

Juveniles for Justice alum featured in mini-documentary on zero tolerance policies

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Jeremy Hudson is a alumnae of our Juveniles for Justice youth engagement program. As a youth advocate in Juveniles for Justice, Jeremy worked on improving case planning for court-involved youth in Philadelphia. Below, Jeremy describes his experience as a youth advocate.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|School to Prison Pipeline|Second Chances|Youth Engagement Programs
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August 18, 2016

Justice for Brendan Dassey at Last?

posted by Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick for the Huffington Post Blog

On August 12, a federal magistrate judge granted his petition and ordered Dassey released from prison -- unless the state of Wisconsin, within 90 days of the court order, decides to retry Brendan for his role in that murder.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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