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NCJ Number: 211633 Find in a Library
Title: Legal Rights of Teens in Out-of-Home Care
Corporate Author: Youth Law Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: August 2004
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Charitable Trust
Berkeley, CA 94708
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94104
Skadden Fellowship Foundation
New York, NY 10036
Youth Law Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94104
Sale Source: Youth Law Ctr
114 Sansome Street
Suite 950
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Spreadsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In discussing the legal rights of teens in out-of-home care, this booklet informs these youth of legal parameters for courtroom appearances, group homes, foster homes, and emancipation.
Abstract: The booklet first defines out-of-home care and then explains how children and youth get into out-of-home care, who decides whether and when a child returns to his/her parents, the contents of a case plan, the features of a transitional independent living plan, and the legal right of a youth to see his/her case plan. A section on the role of the courts first defines a juvenile court and then explains the nature of a juvenile court petition, the kinds of hearings associated with out-of-home care, and the right of a youth to attend hearings in which a judge makes decisions about the youth's future. Other issues discussed in relation to court hearings are legal representation, who can attend the hearing, and the nature of a "social study." Another section of the booklet focuses on legal issues related to types of placements and legal custody of the youth in the course of out-of-home placement. Other sections of the booklet answer legal questions pertinent to guardianship, adoption, independent living, visitation, the confidentiality of a youth's records, education, health care, and pregnancy. Also discussed are legal rights of youth in out-of-home placement with respect to money, religion, driving, immigrant status, emancipation, complaints, and the youth's rights and responsibilities. 137 notes, an index of definitions, and a listing of useful resources
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent pregnancy; Emancipation of minors; Foster adolescents; Immigrants/Aliens; Juvenile courts; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile health services; Juvenile records confidentiality; Legal adoption; Legal driving age; Religion; Rights of minors
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