Blog http://www.jlc.org/blog/2013-01/child-welfare en Everyone Deserves a Family: Adoption and Young Adults http://www.jlc.org/blog/everyone-deserves-family-adoption-and-young-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_195.jpg?1479829302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2016-11-22 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="577" height="301" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/Jason-parents.jpg?1479829302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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. They provide the foundation and anchor when we first strike out on our own, support us when we take risks, and help us find out who we are. People define family differently; not every “family” is formalized in the law. Still, adoption provides a child both relational and legal permanency. The symbolism and reality of this legal tie is extremely meaningful.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/everyone-deserves-family-adoption-and-young-adults" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Normalcy for Foster Youth Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:41:22 +0000 admin 7876 at http://www.jlc.org We Will Redouble Our Efforts for Youth in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems http://www.jlc.org/blog/we-will-redouble-our-efforts-youth-child-welfare-and-justice-systems <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_194.jpg?1479829359" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2016-11-14 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/daquan-fl-class-dc.jpg?1479829359" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em><strong>Above: At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, youth advocates from Florida who presented at our&nbsp;September Congressional briefing and White House meeting on the high cost of fines and fees in the juvenile justice system.</strong></em></p> <hr /> <p>Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> <p>To the youth we serve, we hear your fears and frustration. &nbsp;We will continue to work tirelessly to amplify your voices to reform the systems meant to serve you.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/we-will-redouble-our-efforts-youth-child-welfare-and-justice-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice News and Announcements Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:10:58 +0000 admin 7872 at http://www.jlc.org Youth Fostering Change advocates attend 2016 Foster Youth in Action Conference in D.C. http://www.jlc.org/blog/youth-fostering-change-advocates-attend-2016-foster-youth-action-conference-dc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_193.jpg?1477426222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2016-10-25 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/YFC-youthin-actionDC10-25-2016.jpg?1477426222" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our <a href="http://jlc.org/yfc" target="_blank">Youth Fostering Change</a> advocates Shanice, Brittany, and Russel (above) participated in the 2016 Foster Youth in Action Conference in Washington, D.C.! It was an amazing opportunity for our youth to meet other youth advocates and agencies supporting foster youth.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Youth Fostering Chance advocates Shanice, Marcia Hopkins (youth advocate program manager), Brittany, and Russell at the 2016 Foster Youth in Action Conference.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/youth-fostering-change-advocates-attend-2016-foster-youth-action-conference-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Youth Fostering Change Child Welfare and Foster Care Youth Engagement Programs Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:22:32 +0000 admin 7850 at http://www.jlc.org Juveniles for Justice alum featured in mini-documentary on zero tolerance policies http://www.jlc.org/blog/juveniles-justice-alum-featured-mini-documentary-zero-tolerance-policies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_192.jpg?1475873436" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2016-10-07 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/Jeremy-2012-probationawards.jpg?1475873436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Jeremy Hudson (above) is an alumnus of our <a href="http://jlc.org/j4j" target="_blank">Juveniles for Justice</a> youth engagement program. Jeremy was a youth advocate with Juveniles for Justice for three years. During that time, he worked on multiple projects aimed at improving the system and youth outcomes, including: improving case planning for court-involved youth in Philadelphia, creating a guide to help youth understand and navigate juvenile court processes, and developing materials explaining the juvenile records expungement process.<div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/juveniles-justice-alum-featured-mini-documentary-zero-tolerance-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice School to Prison Pipeline Second Chances Youth Engagement Programs Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:44:17 +0000 admin 7837 at http://www.jlc.org Justice for Brendan Dassey at Last? http://www.jlc.org/blog/justice-brendan-dassey-last <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_191.jpg?1471620522" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick for the Huffington Post Blog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2016-08-18 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/SCOTUS-child-crop_0.jpg?1471620522" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em style="font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The following is an excerpt from the Huffington Post blog post by Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick. Click the link below to read the full post.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/justice-brendan-dassey-last" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:18:59 +0000 admin 7756 at http://www.jlc.org Juvenile Law Center Staff Share Expertise at Annual National Association of Counsel for Children Conference http://www.jlc.org/blog/juvenile-law-center-staff-share-expertise-annual-national-association-counsel-children-conferen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_190.jpg?1470683977" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2016-08-08 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Providing high quality training and technical assistance is key to advancing Juvenile Law Center’s mission. From August 12-14, thought leaders in child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law will gather in Philadelphia for the National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC)<a href="http://www.naccchildlaw.org/event/2016_Conference">&nbsp;Annual &nbsp;Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Providing high quality training and technical assistance is key to advancing Juvenile Law Center’s mission. From August 12-14, thought leaders in child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law will gather in Philadelphia for the National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC)</span>&nbsp;Annual &nbsp;Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference<span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/juvenile-law-center-staff-share-expertise-annual-national-association-counsel-children-conferen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice News and Announcements Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:19:37 +0000 admin 7750 at http://www.jlc.org Delaware Passes Four Progressive Juvenile Justice Laws http://www.jlc.org/blog/delaware-passes-four-progressive-juvenile-justice-laws <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_189.jpg?1469651170" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2016-07-29 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Delaware's Office of Defense Services, along with a coalition of criminal justice groups, helped <a href="http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/07/01/juvenile-shackling-other-bills-pass-early-hours/86570178/" target="_blank">pass several pieces of important juvenile justice legislation</a> in 2016.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Delaware's Office of Defense Services, along with a coalition of criminal justice groups, helped pass several pieces of important juvenile justice legislation in 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/delaware-passes-four-progressive-juvenile-justice-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Records Expungement Second Chances State and Federal Legislation Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:26:11 +0000 admin 7745 at http://www.jlc.org Watch Kate Burdick's Remarks at the DNC on July 26 http://www.jlc.org/blog/watch-kate-burdicks-remarks-dnc-july-26 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_188.jpg?1469641845" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2016-07-27 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="337" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/kate-dnc-crop.jpg?1469641845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We were honored to watch staff attorney, Kate Burdick, take the stage alongside other local advocates and activists on during the Democratic National Convention! Watch the video below of Kate's remarks from July 26.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4c-nmyhhUjc?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque" width="425" height="264" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-4cnmyhhujc" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were honored to watch staff attorney, Kate Burdick, take the stage alongside other local advocates and activists on during the Democratic National Convention! Watch this video clip of Kate's remarks from July 26.</p> </div> </div> </div> News and Announcements Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:50:45 +0000 admin 7738 at http://www.jlc.org Staff Attorney, Kate Burdick to Speak at Democratic National Convention http://www.jlc.org/blog/staff-attorney-kate-burdick-speak-democratic-national-convention <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_187.jpg?1469547478" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2016-07-26 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="1200" height="628" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/Burdick-Kate-portrait-FB.jpg?1469547478" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, July 26, our staff attorney, Kate Burdick, will speak at the Democratic National Convention.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On Tuesday, July 26, our staff attorney, Kate Burdick, will speak at the Democratic National Convention.&nbsp;<span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Tune in after 4:00 pm, EST, to hear remarks from Kate and her fellow Philadelphians.</span><strong style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/staff-attorney-kate-burdick-speak-democratic-national-convention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News and Announcements Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:23:30 +0000 admin 7728 at http://www.jlc.org Kids in the "Box”: Solitary Confinement Is Just Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse http://www.jlc.org/blog/kids-box%E2%80%9D-solitary-confinement-just-government-sanctioned-child-abuse <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_186.jpg?1469809419" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2016-07-08 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://www.jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/JiJ-Ross-solitary.jpg?1469809419" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine a young teen locked in a cement cell for days on end, with a concrete slab for a bed. The cell has no windows, and is so small the youth can almost touch both walls with his outstretched arms. He is denied personal possessions, including books, clothing, or bedding. Except for the person who stops outside the solid steel door to deliver food, he is cut off from all human interaction. He receives one hour each day for recreation or exercise, but receives no mental health or educational services.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every day,&nbsp;</span>children across the U.S. are held in solitary confinement<span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. They are confined to a small cell for 22 to 24 hours a day and are often held in total isolation for weeks or even months at a time. Children in solitary are regularly&nbsp;</span>denied education, counseling, and other services<span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;they need for healthy growth and development.&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">You can learn more about solitary confinement of our youth and experience the size and feel of a solitary cell as part of an installation at the Free Library of Philadelphia beginning July 21<sup>st</sup>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jlc.org/blog/kids-box%E2%80%9D-solitary-confinement-just-government-sanctioned-child-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:44:41 +0000 admin 7709 at http://www.jlc.org