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Friday, March 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Disrupting the Cycle: Representing Transition-Aged Foster Youth in the Criminal Justice System

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Every year about 20,000 youth age out of our Nation’s foster care system. Studies have repeatedly, and unsurprisingly found that they will interact with the criminal justice system as significantly higher rates than their peers. One such study found that as many as 42% were arrested between the ages of 19-23. This means that most, if not all, criminal defense attorneys will represent current or former foster youth at some point. This session will discuss the relationship between foster care and the criminal justice system, things attorneys should consider when representing transition aged foster youth, and ideas for adapting practices or strategies to improve outcomes for young people. In addition, it will describe the recent extension of foster care past the age of 18; and highlight the implications of criminal justice involvement on a young person’s participation in extended foster care and ways that extended foster care can be used in a defense.

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Erin Palacios

Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Erin Palacios is a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center. Focused at the intersection points of multiple youth-serving agencies, her work seeks the critical reinvestment of resources required to replace punitive delinquency responses with community-based systems of care. In close... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 14