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May 31, 2018 Practice Points

Tools to Assist You in Addressing the Overlap between Homelessness and Juvenile Justice

By Cathy Krebs

Lawyers who work with children know well that homelessness and juvenile justice often go hand in hand. Homelessness can lead to juvenile justice involvement and conversely juvenile justice involvement can lead to homelessness. It can be a damaging revolving door. To assist advocates in addressing these overlaps and hopefully decreasing these connections, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice launched the project Collaborating for Change: Addressing Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice in 2016. This project has now released a robust toolkit which includes practical guidance that can assist in this critical work. The toolkit includes Principles for Change as well as information tailored to specific populations like girls and LGBTQ youth. With this new information, lawyers will be able to truly address and end this revolving door.

Cathy Krebs is the committee director of the Children's Rights Litigation Committee.

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