Monthly Archives: October 2013

Research on Poverty’s Affect on the Brain

Recent articles highlight the research on the link between poverty and brain development and function.  In summary, poor children whose parents were not very nurturing were likely to have less gray matter, which is linked to intelligence, and white matter, … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids in Juvenile Court — Amending Direct File Laws

Continuing on the theme of keeping kids in juvenile court, this New York Times article details recent developments in juvenile brain development research and the movements across the country to keep more children in juvenile court and out of criminal court … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids in Juvenile Court — Campaign for Youth Justice

October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month.  A profound story details the beginning of this movement by its founder, Tracy McClard, after her son committed suicide following an adult conviction and placement in an adult prison.  Her organization, the Campaign … Continue reading

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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative — Additional Resources

As the Indiana Law Blog noted, some additional Indiana counties are applying to participate as Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) expansion sites.  JDAI is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and has been successful in reducing the amount … Continue reading

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DCS Older Youth Services

From the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) website, the State offers an array of services for children aging out of the foster care system in the hopes of easing the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency.  The Older Youth Initiatives includes the … Continue reading

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Speak Out — Drive Change

As I sat in the DCS Oversight Committee meeting on October 23, 2013, I thought about how we ended up in this moment —  folks stood up and spoke out about concerns with the DCS hotline, CHINS 6, and a … Continue reading

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Call for Statutory Change to Regional Services Council Membership

The statutes defining the membership (IC 31-26-6-7) of the regional service councils (RSC) should be revised to include probation officer and defense attorney members.  Juvenile court probation officers (PO’s) play a unique role in juvenile court that is far different … Continue reading

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