Youth in Court
The project is a national leader on engaging youth in their court hearings. Federal and state laws increasingly support this concept. The project ensures systems serving youth, and youth themselves, support meaningful youth engagagement in court.
Youth in care often enter independent living programs or age out without support. Federal legislation is recognizing these needs. Judges and attorneys play important roles supporting permanency and positive outcomes for these youth.
The Fostering Connections Act of 2008 provides federal reimbursement to states for exending foster care beyond age 18. Many states have taken this option. The role of courts and attorneys is critical to support permanency for these youth.