SPOTLIGHT

This monthly series of teleconference calls discuss representing youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Read more.

Assuring a Successful Transition: Transition Planning for Special Populations

Assuring a Successful Transition: Permanency and Connections in Transitioning Youth

 


Manufacturing harm: how a volunteer program meant to help children ended up hurting thousands of them.

The empathy that brings people to direct service legal work also causes them to be deeply affected by their clients’ personal traumas.

Addressing compassion fatigue is essential to providing ethical and zealous legal representation of children.

The expungement of a criminal record allows your client to move forward from a past mistake to pursue a full civic life.

The HHS Administration for Children and Family’s Children’s Bureau has issued an information memorandum focused on providing high-quality legal representation for all parties in child welfare court proceedings.

Some youths cited lack of food and hot water as reasons for their truancy.

The Department of Education issued guidance on consolidated state plans, report cards, and graduation rates.

Both parties are striving to improve student achievement and the overall school climate.

In Part VI of our series, Ira Lustbader interviews longtime child rights advocate Tami Steckler on how her office works and how it continues to thrive. (19:14 min)

In the next installment in the series, listen as Lourdes Rosado interviews long-time child rights advocate Shari Shink as she reflects on raising money and you may be surprised where she suggests focusing your efforts. (16:43 min)

Listen as Tiffany Friend interviews Jay McManus, the Executive Director of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, about the history of his organization and the lessons he's learned through the years. (11:52 min)

The fifth and final program in this series on youth transitioning from foster care will focus on permanency and connections for transitioning youth. The expert panel will have a robust conversation about permanency for older youth, a term which is defined broadly to include adoptions, guardianships, reunification with family, connections to caring adults and more. The use of peer mentors will also be highlighted as an effective strategy for ensuring that permanency is prioritized for older youth and that they are actively involved in all aspects of defining and achieving permanency. (1:32:53)

There has been an increase of local governments instituting court costs, fines and fees for minor offenses which have a devastating impact on the poor. Conversations around these issues do not always focus on the effect of these costs and fees on juveniles specifically. Panelists on this program will discuss efforts specific to juveniles around the country, what has happened thus far, but importantly will look ahead to strategize future work that is needed to ensure that we are not criminalizing poverty for our children. (01:30:07)

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