Education & Health Rights of Children and Youth with Special Needs in Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice
SPAN’s Education & Health Rights of Children & Youth with Special Needs in the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems project works to improve outcomes for NJ children and youth with special needs in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by providing families and concerned professionals with information on their rights to education and health services.
- Facilitating county workshops on the education & health rights of children & youth with special needs in the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems for families and professionals
- Disseminating family guides to the Education & Health Rights of Children & Youth with Special Needs in the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems
- Providing technical assistance to families and youth advocates on the Education & Health Rights of Children & Youth with Special Needs in the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems and how to advocate for quality education and healthcare services
The project also provide professional development to every new social worker in New Jersey's child welfare system, providing information on SPAN peer supports, resources for children and families involved in the child welfare system, highlighting family-professional partnership strategies, and "touring" SPAN's website including our recorded and archived teleconferences and webinars on a range of topics including the education and health rights of children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice, health advocacy, education advocacy, and youth self-advocacy, among others.
Finally, the project provides training on self-advocacy and rights to youth in New Jersey's secure juvenile justice detention system in the year prior to their release back into the community, and works with the diversion programs to encourage youth self-advocacy and support youth accessing the education, health and mental health services they need to avoid secure detention.
This project is funded by the NJ State Bar Foundation.
Child Protection & Permanency (including guides for foster parents and parents involved in the child welfare system), www.nj.gov/dcf/families/dcpp/
Child Welfare Case Practice Model for the NJ Department of Children and Families Division of Child Protection and Permanency, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/child-welfare-case-practice-model
Child Welfare Bill of Rights, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/bill-rights-families-child-welfare#
Education Stability for Children in Child Welfare, www.nj.gov/dcf/families/educational/stability/index.html
Family Support Resources of DCF Resources, www.nj.gov/dcf/families/dfcp/
Implementing Trauma Informed Practices in Child Welfare, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/implementing-trauma-informed-practices-chil...
Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Out-of-Home Placements, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/improving-educational-outcomes-children-out...
Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/juvenile-justice-resource-hub
Kinship Care Resources, www.nj.gov/dcf/families/support/kinship/
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, www.ojjdp.gov/
Parents Anonymous Support Groups & Hotline, www.pa-of-nj.org/
SPAN Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health chapter, www.spanadvocacy.org/content/federation-families-childrens-mental-health...
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), www.samhsa.gov/
Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives, https://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/youth-violence-prevention.html