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Lawyers can help by offering legal clinics, enforcing transition planning requirements, and advocating for new laws and policies to improve youth access to vital documents.

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, there is still much work to be done to achieve equality.

The Safe Havens report highlights gaps in law and policy that must be filled in order to protect youth from discrimination.

The ABA’s Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN) Pro Bono project provides support to volunteer lawyers as they take on this critical work.

Class action litigation may be the most effective tool to force government actors to address the mental health needs of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The New York State Office of the Attorney General’s school enrollment initiative serves as a model that state and local officials across the United States can use to protect immigrants’ rights.

With proper planning, advocates can help reduce the potential trauma to children at risk of losing their parents through deportation.

Though charter schools are exempt from certain state laws and regulations, charter school students are entitled to the same federal protections as traditional public school students.

By bringing legal services to homeless youth, they are more likely to know about and get assistance with enforcing their rights.

Like the horned toad from Ute legend that helped rescue a boy from harm, child advocates can be a tool in a child's hand.

The Supreme Court is considering whether a merely more than de minimis educational benefit satisfies a school’s obligation to provide a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities.

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.

What’s the harm? And what can be done?

Results of “tough on crime” policies demonstrate that they have failed.

The Legal Workgroup drafted a “Bill of Rights for Information-Sharing in Child Welfare.”

An overview of the webinar “Criminalizing Poverty: Debtor’s Prison in the 21st Century.”

Free, accessible legal assistance as part of children's mental health treatment plans.

Juveniles in solitary confinement are more likely to develop mental health problems.

Visual arts, theater, spoken-word poetry, and dance workshops for youth detained in one of the most distressed cities in our nation.

New data show that youth want to come to court, and courts are able to make better decisions when they do.

Some of the biggest challenges to caregivers and corresponding suggestions for improvement.

A resource to answer the wide range of legal questions faced by homeless youth.

The perspective and knowledge parents' lawyers need to provide their clients with excellent representation.

A few pointers for young attorneys on how to represent indigent defendants where there is no local public defender's office.

Dependency court lawyers must play a meaningful role in preventing unsafely administered medications.

Identify, prevent, and treat the stress that arises from child welfare professionals' constant exposure to the trauma of children.

Recent federal and state laws and programs promote foster youth education and achievement.

Advocates must understand the factors impacting homeless kids, the available services, and the legal remedies.

Discover how lawyers in different states and systems are providing zealous advocacy to some of the most vulnerable clients in dependency cases.

ABA Center on Children and the Law Parent Attorney Conference outlines challenges families involved in child welfare cases face and how to respond.

Are these students being prepared for college or the penitentiary?

Five key issues are addressed relating to street-connected children and youth.

Careful investigations can protect vulnerable children while minimizing wrongful convictions.

The same objectivity should be applied in evaluating abusive head trauma allegations in child protection proceedings as in the criminal justice system.

Attorneys interested in assisting children with immigration matters pro bono should review these resources.

Unaccompanied child immigrants need attorneys to assist them in immigration court.

Professionals and advocates need to know about and attend to these three critical areas.

Health problems and accidents may present the same symptoms as abusive head trauma.

The inaugural summit addressed how disrupting barriers and innovating solutions can improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

A team of students in Chicago tackle the problem of juvenile records being a barrier to youth employment.

With the number of underage Internet users on the rise, attorneys must familiarize themselves with the basics and risks of social media.

With the proper tools, training, and judicial oversight, advocates can ensure that children in foster care receive a solid education.

Recently released guidance can enable charter schools whose disciplinary practices violate students' due process rights to comply with federal law.

Lawyering reforms may challenge juvenile courts to reexamine their historical role.

Congress responds to the Supreme Court's decision in Paroline v. United States.

An excellent guide for attorneys and law students looking to use their legal training to fight on behalf of today's youth.

Can you gain something from charging nothing?

Unaccompanied minors without lawful immigration status in the United States face the threat of deportation and desperately need access to competent attorneys that can help them navigate the U.S. legal system.

Whether facts of abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one parent alone are sufficient to make one of the required SIJS findings has been subject to divergent interpretations by state courts and has yielded disparate results.

Family and juvenile courts and child welfare agencies routinely express the belief that a parent's undocumented status means the parent is, by definition, unfit, without any additional evidence, despite immigration law's presumption that deported parents retain custody of their children.

As the number of internationally relocating parents grows, so too grows the number of child repatriation cases under the Hague Convention.

Policy considerations for a child's right to be safe.

Innovative solutions are needed to prevent poverty from being mistaken as child maltreatment.

An essential update to the classic guide on preparing young children to be competent witnesses in court.

An attorney, a social worker, and a family advocate join forces to tackle the root issues impacting families.

Change has been hard fought in New York City.

The Scott B. and Lindsey decisions may encourage charter schools to push certain students out.

A collaborative effort among legal advocates is crucial to battle the alarming statistics.

An amicus curiae brief gives the children a powerful and persuasive voice in the Supreme Court.

Highlights and inspiration from the 2013 Third National Parent Attorneys Conference.

How accessible are legal services for these vulnerable minors?

A hundred child advocates gathered in Seattle to tackle measurable outcomes, litigation and legislative strategies, effective messaging, and more.

Foster parents must be permitted to intervene in child-protection cases.

Why keeping foster parents out of child-protective cases is paramount.

Practical ideas and options to better assist youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood.

Social-service workers must weigh their duty to protect children against their legal obligation not to commit civil-rights violations.

The legalese that gets flung around in youth courts often goes right over kids' heads.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, a holistic Model Code centered on human rights offers an answer.

Connecting with legislators is key for lawyers fighting for children's rights.

Most attorneys litigate, not legislate. Why legislative advocacy should not be overlooked.

IA look at a comprehensive partnership to better represent non-resident fathers involved in the child-welfare system.

How can one effectively prove that a lawyer made a difference in a child's life?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and a recent Senate hearing about ending the school-to-prison pipeline, the federal government seems poised to turn its attention to disparate-impact claims.

Panicky legislative responses to cyberbullying can damage as many young lives as they benefit.

There are state and federal laws that entitle youth with sustained difficulties in school to greater assistance and protection, but these laws are often not followed.

Failure to identify and address FASDs is a failure to provide the afflicted children with the chance to receive the support systems they need to thrive.

We need a new approach to juvenile justice that accounts for females' different paths to violence.

Mothers in poverty and teen mothers face gender-plus bias, but a cross-cutting strategy can narrow the grounds for intervention against those who haven't harmed their kids.

Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been fraudulently collected by adoptive parents, and states are prohibited from investigating the fraud.

A recent conference featured a panel of attorneys, analysts, advocates, and practitioners who shared how to deal with the struggles of LGBTQ youth.

The three largest gender-plus categories are domestic violence victims, mothers with a mental illness, and nonoffending mothers held liable for the actions of a partner.

The best child advocacy occurs when there is a team of professionals, including a mental-health practitioner, to collaborate regarding the overall needs of children.

By avoiding these mistakes, new attorneys can set themselves up for a creative, proactive, and skilled child-welfare-litigation practice.

Schools must provide students with the type of protection Title IX requires in instances of peer-on-peer sexual harassment of LGBT students.

The latest government estimates state that approximately 14,500–17,500 men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States each year.

Individual education program meetings can quickly get derailed with many layers of issues, so it is important to have a system to make sure that all of your issues get addressed.

Transitioning into the field of child advocacy is not child's play—it requires a new way of thinking and the realization that an advocate's job is to be the voice of the child.

When a parent is incarcerated, it is important that the systems surrounding the family recognize the significance of the child-parent relationship.

The Parent Representation Project was created to enhance the quality of defense representation in dependency and termination hearings in the state of Washington.

Children are targeted for identity theft 51 times more frequently than adults.

Some mothers risk losing custody of their children because they fall into a gender-specific category, such as being a victim of domestic violence or having depression.

Despite recent legal victories for same-sex couples, many are stymied when they try to seek legal protection for their relationships with their children.

When working on behalf of a student in need of special education services, most initial advocacy can take place in meetings at the student's public school.

Advocates for young LGBTQ clients need to take a multidimensional approach to recognize their particular concerns.

The 14th ABA National Conference on Children and the Law provided advice and training for attorneys representing children.

The National Parents' Attorneys Conference is a valuable opportunity for parents' attorneys to gather, share ideas, compare notes, and share war stories.

While school districts are cutting back on who is protected under IDEA, a recent amendment to section 504 and the ADA has greatly expanded coverage.

How much can we rely on the OCR to remedy the school-to-prison pipeline in communities of color, and does this represent a step forward?

Marvin Ventrell's book is a logical extension of the annual RMCATI training programs and fills a void on the bookshelves of child welfare lawyers.

Although some safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of LGBTQ youth in detention facilities, more can be done to promote awareness and keep all LGBTQ youth safe.

The parallels between children who have been sentenced to prison and children who lose the right to complete their educations are stark.

Youth still in long-term foster care at the age of majority face significant challenges as they transition into adulthood.

When Constance McMillen, a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, was told she could not take her girlfriend to the prom, she took a stand.

Camreta/Alford v. Greene has the potential to significantly impact children's and parent's interests in privacy, safety, and family life.

CAPTA is an important source of funding for child welfare agencies and a source of funding for some innovative dependency court programs.

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