Barbara Langford


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Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for LGBQ/GNCT Youth

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) has issued recommendations to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for strategies to advance juvenile justice reform for LGBQ/GNCT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/gender nonconforming, transgender) youth. The recommendations are grouped into four categories: Policy and Program Development Training and Technical Assistance Data Collection andRead More

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Celebrating JDAI at 25

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirms that its signature Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reduced juvenile incarceration and juvenile crime rates by significant numbers in its 25 years. JDAI at 25: Insights From the Annual Results Reports presents comparative data for JDAI sites, key challenges to detention reform and JDAI’s goalsRead More

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

A New York Times article highlights new research showing just how pervasive the problem of homelessness is for many college students. Last month, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, released a study that surveyed students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. It found that 14 percent were homeless. Those findings build on aRead More

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Juvenile Justice and Workforce Development Leaders Plot Path to Better Collaboration

On Wednesday, March 29, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) convened a dozen workforce-development and juvenile-justice leaders in Washington, D.C., for a dialogue to break down misconceptions and identify new avenues for collaboration between the systems. Despite many sets of recommendations over the years, justice-involved youth still are notRead More

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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Foster America Accepting Applications for Second Cohort of Fellows

Foster America, which recruits talented professionals from diverse backgrounds for a full year, full time fellowship position in public and private agencies, is accepting applications for its second cohort of fellows, now through May 31. Fellows will be chosen by July for fellowships that begin in Fall 2017. If you know of anyone who mightRead More

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Fostering Quality Education: New Website for Foster Youth on Higher Education

Funded by Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law has created a new website, Fostering Quality Education, aimed at helping foster youth make informed decisions about higher education, including the pros and cons of for-profit colleges. The website includes an easy-to-use tool with links toRead More

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Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change

A young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness for many reasons, including the fact that educational disruptions and juvenile delinquency records can make it harder to obtain employment. Youth experiencing homelessness may also be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws that prohibit simply being inRead More

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Funding Opportunity for Child Welfare Agencies and Tribes for LGBTQ2-S Youth in Foster Care

On March 1, the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care at the University of Maryland announced an upcoming grant opportunity for implementation of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and/or promising programs and interventions to address the unique needsRead More

YTFG Spring Meeting: April 5 and 6 in Los Angeles

Join us in Los Angeles for the Spring Meeting!  Contact Barbara Langford at barbara@ytfg.org for information on how to register!