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Orange County to Spend an Extra $20 Million on Kids in 9 ZIP Codes with High Childhood Poverty, Juvenile Crime, Abuse

Within the next 60 days, Orange County plans to start spending an additional $20 million on children’s services by targeting nine ZIP codes with the highest rates of childhood poverty, juvenile crime, student homelessness, teen pregnancy…
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When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
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LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality

Last month, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) hosted a webinar on working with LGBTQI youths in juvenile justice settings and closing the gap between recommended practice and reality including a discussion of and development…
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Push for Children's Trust Pits Orange County Mayor Against Longtime Kids' Advocate - The Orlando Sentinel

Dick Batchelor, chairman of the Children's Trust of Orange County, has made allegations that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs tried to thwart an Orange County Commission vote on services for homeless, impoverished, abuse, and at-risk children…
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Intersection: First Tri-County Homeless Youth Count

As of last October, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties had 268 unaccompanied homeless youth aged 13 to 24. Read more and listen.
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Central Florida's Homeless Students Top 14,000 - The Orlando Sentinel

A new study has found that there are nearly 15,000 homeless students in Central Florida, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Read more and watch.
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Education Desk: When Students Find Themselves Homeless - WMFE

Christina Savino, Senior Administrator of Homeless and Migrant Services for  Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), discusses how the county assists homeless students. Read more and listen.
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Free Webinar: Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness - Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00-5:00 pm ET

Two important pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act”…
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YES on the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017

A number of juvenile advocacy organizations have endorsed the introduction of two new bills in Congress. According to the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)—S. 1795 was…
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Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Criminal Justice Involvement and Victimization Among Homeless Adults With Mental Illness - Psychiatry Online

A study released this year as found that adverse child experiences (ACEs) are highly prevalent among people who are homeless. The study examined how ACEs affect an individual's risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as victimization…
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We Need an Intersectional Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Juvenile justice reformers are seeking to find out why racial and ethnic minorities are over-represented in the juvenile justice system—a phenomenon known as disproportionate minority contact (DMC). However, reformers are also paying more…