Blog http://jlc.org/blog/all/2015-03 en Federal Guidance Unveiled to Improve School Success for Foster Youth http://jlc.org/blog/federal-guidance-unveiled-improve-school-success-foster-youth <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"> Katherine Burdick </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, 2016-06-23 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="725" height="379" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/youthgroup_0.jpg?1466790040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For over 40 years Juvenile Law Center has fought to protect the rights and well-being of children in foster care, and today, we are pleased to announce a major national breakthrough – a new joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services about implementation of the foster care school stability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html" title="http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html">http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html</a></p> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/federal-guidance-unveiled-improve-school-success-foster-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:06:12 +0000 Rosie 7697 at http://jlc.org Youth Advocating for Change: Make College a Reality for Us http://jlc.org/blog/youth-advocating-change-make-college-reality-us <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_184.jpg?1466095684" /> </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, 2016-06-16 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/YE-logos_0.jpg?1466095684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Juvenile Law Center runs two youth engagement programs:&nbsp;<a href="http://jlc.org/j4j" target="_blank">Juveniles for Justice</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://jlc.org/yfc" target="_blank">Youth Fostering Change</a>. Too often, youth in the child welfare or justice systems are left out of the discussions about how to reform these systems. Our youth engagement programs are designed to empower young people to advocate directly for systemic reforms.</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>This year was another great year for our youth advocates. Both programs were passionate about improving access to higher education for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Each group developed a unique project that tackled this issue from slightly different angles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/youth-advocating-change-make-college-reality-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Youth Fostering Change Access to Education Juveniles for Justice Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Youth Engagement Programs Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:32:29 +0000 admin 7691 at http://jlc.org Americans want opportunity, not punishment for youth http://jlc.org/blog/americans-want-opportunity-not-punishment-youth <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_183.jpg?1464877324" /> </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, 2016-06-02 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/YouthFirst-blog_0.png?1464877324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this year, the <a href="http://www.youthfirstinitiative.org/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Youth First Initiative</span></a> released a new <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://buff.ly/1s0nTcP" target="_blank">national public opinion poll</a></span> showing that, overall, Americans overwhelmingly favor shifting the focus of the juvenile justice system from punishment and incarceration to prevention and rehabilitation.</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 First Initiative's recent national public opinion poll shows that most Americans overwhelmingly favor shifting the focus of the juvenile justice system from punishment and incarceration to prevention and rehabilitation. Juvenile Law Center is a national partner with Youth First, and their national poll results align with what we know does – and doesn’t – work when it comes to how we treat youth in the juvenile justice system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/americans-want-opportunity-not-punishment-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice Reducing Length of Stay Second Chances Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:10:22 +0000 admin 7679 at http://jlc.org 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