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NCJ Number: 136995 Find in a Library
Title: Written Testimony Presented to the U.S. House and Labor Subcommittee on Human Resources: Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, March 16, 1992
Author(s): T Ford
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
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Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This testimony before the U.S. House and Labor Subcommittee on Human Resources regarding the Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is from a 16-year-old girl who affirms the value of funding for programs like the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls in Jacksonville, Fla. which was instrumental in helping her achieve positive educational and social development.
Abstract: Talaya Ford recounts her family background. Her father has been in prison since she was 2 years old, and her mother became a drug addict when Talaya was 6 years old. She lived with her grandparents until she was 10 years old, when her grandmother died, and she went to live again with her mother in Jacksonville. Conflicts with her mother compelled her to leave home, but she was retrieved through a custody order. She eventually was placed in a succession of unsatisfactory foster homes, from which she also ran away. After difficulty living with friends and on the street, she turned herself into the police, was referred to social services, and eventually was returned to her mother. Their relationship improved, but the most effective service came when she enrolled in the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls. There she received an academic education and learned life skills. She has earned her high school diploma, is currently taking a computer course through the community college while working part time, and plans to enroll in a college nursing program.
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
Index Term(s): Foster homes; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
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