Barbara Langford


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YTFG Spring Meeting: April 5 and 6 in Los Angeles

Join us in Los Angeles for the Spring Meeting!  Contact Barbara Langford at [email protected] for information on how to register!

Stop Prosecuting Children as Adults

By Luisa Taveras, Open Society Foundations March 26, 2015 It has been difficult to watch the video of the March 9 fight at the Brooklyn McDonald’s that led to the arrest of 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson and several other teenage girls. But even more difficult than watching the fight itself—which was disturbing for many reasons—was the reportingRead More

When It Comes to Youth Justice, a Look Abroad Could Teach Us Lessons

It’s tough for many Americans to even consider that there are people living elsewhere in the world who are better at doing something than we are. But when it comes to handling young people in trouble with the law, the countries with whom we most often compare ourselves have figured out how to do justRead More

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