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In May 2012, Children’s Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations, Improving the Children's Mental Health System in the District of Columbia. The complete plan (48 pages) or the executive summary are available:

Read the full plan and the executive summary on Scribd.com

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Brochures from CLC's Teen Task Force

For best results, print 2 PDF pages front and back and then fold in thirds.

Aging Out of Foster Care: Important Information for Teens

Guardian ad Litem Teen Issue Spotter: Aging Out Successfully

Criminal Issues

Mental Health Services: Resources After Aging Out of Foster Care



DC Medicaid 101: A brief overview of what Medicaid is and who it covers. Updated September 2013.

Expanding Access to Juvenile Records Amendment Act: A summary of the new law on juvenile confidentiality in DC.

Grandparent Caregiver Program: A program that provides essential financial assistance to grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Medicaid and Children's Mental Health Care in DC: A brief overview of mental health services available to children eligible Medicaid in DC. Updated September 2013.

Post-Adoption Contract Agreements: A summary of the Adoption Reform Amendment Act, passed in 2010, that changed several of the laws around adoption and guardianship.

Pregnant and Parenting Teens: A checklist of questions lawyers should ask their clients in cases that involve pregnant and parenting teens. 

Rapid Housing: A program that keeps families safely together and helps prevent older foster youth from becoming homelessness.  

Rationing Justice: the Effect of the Recession on Access to Justice in the District of Columbia: A joint report released by the DC Access to Justice Commission and the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers in December 2009 that outlines the devastating impact that the recession has had, and will continue to have, on legal services for the city's low-income residents. The executive summary of the report can be found here.

School Stability for Foster Children and Other Homeless Youth: What are their rights and options?

Subsidy Extension & Expansion: Extending adoption and guardianship subsidies until age 21 and expanding guardianship subsidies to include foster parents will increase the number of children being adopted and will save millions of dollars.


CLC Practice Kits for members of CCAN and GAL panels: Includes information on legal resources and important contacts, information about permanency and placement options, and resources regarding common objections and hearsay.

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