February 27, 2020

How Adolescent Brain Science Supports Youth Engagement in Court Hearings and Case Planning

This webinar highlights the critical importance of adolescent brain science as it relates to foster care. Leslie Leve, University of Oregon, and Sue Mangold, Juvenile Law Center, two members of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Committee that produced the “The Promise of Adolescence” will present findings that relate to the child welfare system. Attorneys from the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Prudence Beidler Carr, Sneha Barve, and Kristin Kelly, will present materials and facilitate case scenarios based on the recently released Adolescent Brain Toolkit for Attorneys. This webinar was designed for all audiences, with a particular focus on how attorneys and judges can better understand how to apply adolescent brain science in child welfare cases.


  • Prudence Beidler Carr, Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law
  • Leslie Leve, Professor, University of Oregon College of Education
  • Susan Vivian Mangold, Chief Executive Officer, Juvenile Law Center
  • Kristin Kelly, Assistant Director, Education Projects, ABA Center on Children and the Law
  • Sneha Barve, Staff Attorney, Education and Permanency Projects, ABA Center on Children and the Law


Center for Children and the Law
Commission on Youth at Risk


PowerPoint Presentation

Adolescent Brain Research Toolkit

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