Blog http://jlc.org/blog/2014-05/juvenile-and-criminal-justice/17 en Letting Kids be Kids: The Strengthening Families Act http://jlc.org/blog/letting-kids-be-kids-strengthening-families-act <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_182.jpg?1464199401" /> </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">Thu, 2016-05-26 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="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/friends-1262152_1920.jpg?1464199401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For National Foster Care Month, we’ve focused on two important and connected issues for foster youth: promoting normalcy and achieving permanency. Achieving permanency, or ensuring that all kids in foster care have a permanent family, is critical for foster youth to be successful and <a href="http://jlc.org/blog/what-%E2%80%9Cpermanency%E2%80%9D-and-why-should-you-care" target="_blank">avoid things like homelessness</a> or unemployment.</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 in foster care often describe normalcy as being able to do all the things their friends who are not in foster care get to do: sleep over at a friend’s house, play on a school team, or go on vacation. But foster youth are routinely denied these typical childhood experiences because of the real or perceived need to get advance approval from the child welfare agency or the court.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/letting-kids-be-kids-strengthening-families-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Fostering Connections Normalcy for Foster Youth Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Wed, 25 May 2016 18:02:19 +0000 admin 7677 at http://jlc.org What is “permanency” and why should you care? http://jlc.org/blog/what-%E2%80%9Cpermanency%E2%80%9D-and-why-should-you-care <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_181.jpg?1463069897" /> </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">Thu, 2016-05-12 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/3565026821_28012b0cc7_o.jpg?1463069897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last month, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director, <a href="http://www.pec-cares.org/clientfolders/pdf/JLCTestimony(2).pdf">Jenny Pokempner</a>, and Youth Fostering Change alum, <a href="http://www.pec-cares.org/clientfolders/pdf/L.MorganTestimony(2).pdf">Labriah Morgan</a>,&nbsp;testified at a Philadelphia City Council <a href="https://storify.com/PathWaysPolicy/youth-homelessness-in-philadelphia">hearing on youth homelessness</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>Youth homelessness is multifaceted, complex, and very different from adult homelessness. A major contributor to youth homelessness nationwide is the failure of the child welfare system to find permanency for all youth in care. Older youth, regardless of age, need and deserve to be connected to a permanent family and support system that both lifts them up and cushions them if they fall.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/what-%E2%80%9Cpermanency%E2%80%9D-and-why-should-you-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Youth Fostering Change Child Welfare and Foster Care Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care) Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Youth Engagement Programs Thu, 12 May 2016 16:14:36 +0000 admin 7666 at http://jlc.org President Obama Proclaims National Foster Care Month http://jlc.org/blog/president-obama-proclaims-national-foster-care-month <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_180.jpg?1462207588" /> </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, 2016-05-03 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/people-821624_1920.jpg?1462207588" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On April 28, 2016, President Obama <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/28/presidential-proclamation-national-foster-care-month-2016" target="_blank">signed a proclamation</a> to recognize May as National Foster Care Month. The President emphasized the importance of permanency and family, access to education and educational achievement, trauma-informed care, and access to healthcare:</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 April 28, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation to recognize May as National Foster Care Month. This year, the theme for Foster Care Month is "Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families."</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/president-obama-proclaims-national-foster-care-month" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Mon, 02 May 2016 16:46:29 +0000 admin 7658 at http://jlc.org How can law and policy support foster youth in college? http://jlc.org/blog/how-can-law-and-policy-support-foster-youth-college <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_179.jpg?1461962449" /> </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, 2016-04-29 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/studying-703002_1920.jpg?1461962449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Foster youth have plans for their future similar to all youth: college, vocational school, getting a good job. The vast majority of foster youth face extreme barriers to achieving these aspirations: only half will graduate from high school, and <a href="http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/ReportFile/1114/Wsipp_Passport-to-College-Promise-College-Assistance-and-Support-for-Former-Foster-Youth_Full-Report.pdf">fewer than 10%</a> will earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they turn 25 (compared to 38% of the general population).</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>Foster youth have plans for their future similar to all youth: college, vocational school, getting a good job. The vast majority of foster youth face extreme barriers to achieving these aspirations: only half will graduate from high school, and fewer than 10% will earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they turn 25 (compared to 38% of the general population).&nbsp;<span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Law and policy should support foster youth as they prepare for, attend, and complete college or vocational school.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/how-can-law-and-policy-support-foster-youth-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Child Welfare and Foster Care Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:40:49 +0000 admin 7656 at http://jlc.org The box that stops some college applicants in their tracks http://jlc.org/blog/box-stops-some-college-applicants-their-tracks <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_178.jpg?1461166763" /> </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">Thu, 2016-04-21 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/bantheboxcolleges-blog.jpg?1461166763" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though 95% of all youth arrests are for nonviolent offenses, records of the children’s court involvement can follow them for their entire lives. Youth who are working toward getting their lives back on track after their involvement with the juvenile justice system are often <a href="http://jlc.org/future-interrupted" target="_blank">stalled by the negative consequences of having a record</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>Over 600 colleges and universities use the Common Application, which includes a check box asking applicants about any past juvenile crimes. Although research shows that most schools don’t deny admission based on this information, the vast majority of youth with records who see this check box will not complete the college application.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/box-stops-some-college-applicants-their-tracks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Ban the Box Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Records Expungement Second Chances Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:39:23 +0000 admin 7650 at http://jlc.org Diversion programs can help keep youth out of "the system" by preventing arrests http://jlc.org/blog/diversion-programs-can-help-keep-youth-out-system-preventing-arrests <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_177.jpg?1460749108" /> </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"> Emily Haney-Caron, JD/PhD Candidate, Juvenile Law Center legal intern </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, 2016-04-15 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/ImageCredit-RyanJohnson-Flickr-licensed%20by%20CCSA2.0.jpg?1460749108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year, over <a href="http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp">1 million </a>youth are arrested across the country, and 95% of those arrests are for non-violent offenses. Students are increasingly being arrested by police officers working in schools for behaviors that schools used to handle as routine disciplinary problems: <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-more-teens-arrests-by-police-replace-school-discipline-1413858602">throwing an eraser, chewing gum, or arguing in the hallway</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>Each year, over 1 million youth are arrested across the country, and 95% of those arrests are for non-violent offenses. Kids are increasingly being arrested by police officers working in schools for behaviors that schools used to handle as routine disciplinary problems: throwing an eraser, chewing gum, or arguing in the hallway. Keeping kids from entering the juvenile justice system is an important step in curbing the flow of the school-to-prison pipeline and making sure kids can get their lives back on track. Diversion programs help keep kids out of the system, and these programs work best when youth are diverted before they’re even arrested.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/diversion-programs-can-help-keep-youth-out-system-preventing-arrests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diversion Strategies Juvenile Records Expungement Second Chances Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:59:25 +0000 admin 7647 at http://jlc.org What's on our radar this week http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-apr-12 <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, 2016-04-12 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/weekly-newswire-FB.jpg?1461086435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each week, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading:</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><strong style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; font-style: italic;">What's on our radar this week?&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every Tuesday, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-apr-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Weekly Newswire Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:27:21 +0000 admin 7644 at http://jlc.org Pennsylvania must decide: will it be at the head of the class in ensuring quality educational opportunities for foster youth? http://jlc.org/blog/pennsylvania-must-decide-will-it-be-head-class-ensuring-quality-educational-opportunities-foste <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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_176.jpg?1459963405" /> </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, 2016-04-06 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/pa-state-capitolbldg2_0.jpg?1459963405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quality education is one of the most effective ways to create meaningful opportunities for lifelong success for youth who are disadvantaged or in poverty.&nbsp;Years of research show that youth in foster care face unique challenges to educational success.&nbsp;Their graduation rates are poor.</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;">Three bills currently pending in the legislature would not only ensure the effective implementation of ESSA in Pennsylvania, but would also emphasize graduation as an educational priority for students in foster care.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/pennsylvania-must-decide-will-it-be-head-class-ensuring-quality-educational-opportunities-foste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Child Welfare and Foster Care State and Federal Legislation Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:20:44 +0000 admin 7638 at http://jlc.org What's on our radar this week http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-apr-5 <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, 2016-04-05 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/weekly-newswire-FB.jpg?1461086435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each week, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading:</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><strong>What's on our radar this week?&nbsp;</strong>Every Tuesday, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-apr-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Weekly Newswire Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:43:09 +0000 admin 7636 at http://jlc.org What's on our radar this week http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-mar-29%20 <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, 2016-03-29 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://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/weekly-newswire-FB.jpg?1461086435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each week, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading:</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><strong>What's on our radar this week?&nbsp;</strong>Every Tuesday, Juvenile Law Center gathers the latest studies, reports, and headlines from around the country. Here's what we've been reading.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/weekly-newswire-mar-29%20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Weekly Newswire Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:18:03 +0000 admin 7634 at http://jlc.org