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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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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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The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

by Jessica Feierman Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. In every state, youth and families face juvenile justice costs, fees, fines, or restitution. Youth who can’t afford to pay for their freedom often face serious consequences, including incarceration, extended probation, or denial of treatment—they are unfairlyRead More

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New Report on the Health Impacts of Charging Youth as Adults

Human Impact Partners has released a new health impact assessment report entitled, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased and Harmful. The findings show that: Charging youth as adults doesn’t protect community safety — in fact, it doubles recidivism. The adult court system ignores developmental science and environmental contexts — the context of aRead More

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Guest Blog: Fines and Fees for Court-Involved Youth

by Stephanie Campos-Bui, Policy Advocacy Clinic, U.C. Berkeley Law, and Kate Weisburd, East Bay Community Law Center. U.C. Berkeley Law Note: The authors will be our guests for a conference call on March 2nd. Click here to learn more and to RSVP. The End of Juvenile Fees in Alameda County, California: Pairing Practice and PolicyRead More

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The Impact of Fines and Fees on Youth and Their Families

The Juvenile Law Center released Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, a groundbreaking report on the impact of juvenile court costs on youth and their families.  The report includes a companion microsite featuring interactive maps. Click here to access the report.

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Sponsorship Opportunity: Alia Hosts “Ten of Ten for Kids” Event

Alia, a Minnesota-based nonprofit focused on transforming the child welfare system, is hosting a national event May 23-25, 2017 in Minneapolis called Ten of Ten for Kids. Alia is partnering with global design firm IDEO in facilitation of a rapid-cycle, human-centered team design process to draw insights from 100 carefully selected participants (ten groups ofRead More

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FosterPort Launches

A new website exclusively focused on resources that address the needs of older youth in and transitioning from foster care launched on January 23. FosterPort is a searchable database of research, publications, policy issues, experts, and more on issues affecting older youth. It was created for youth service providers, youth advocates, and funders who needRead More

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NJDC Report on Defense Representation

The National Juvenile Defender Center has released a new report, Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services, which details how children are arrested, prosecuted, and too often incarcerated without attorneys at their side.  Click here to access the report.

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New NYTD Survey Results

The Children’s Bureau recently released a data brief on findings from the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) of 17 year-olds surveyed in 2011, and follow-up survey data at ages 19 and 21. Outcomes were assessed in financial self-sufficiency, educational attainment, connection with adults, experience with homelessness, high-risk behaviors, and access to health insurance. TheRead More

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