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


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.

With more than 60,000 youth in correctional facilities, web-based toolkits like this are more necessary than ever.

A project designed as a checklist to spur broader reform.

A new report analyzes the law and policy protections for TGNC youth.

Can ESSA still be utilized to meet the educational needs of foster youth?

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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