Youth in abscondence face varied levels of risk depending on their age, mental health, physical health, and access to material resources. This fact sheet summarizes some of the key laws, policies, and inquiries that GALs may use to mitigate risk and advocate for missing youth.

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A program that provides essential financial assistance to grandparents raising their grandchildren.

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Healthy Together grew from our collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center. One of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country, it has inspired hundreds more. Click the download button to learn more about Healthy Together's impact on DC's most vulnerable children, and to find out how you can get involved.

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Children’s Law Center, in partnership with DC Lawyers for Youth, released a report on the state of the District’s truancy policies. Despite improvement in truancy numbers, DC still has a long way to go to improve its policies and keep kids out of the courts and in school.

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Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults without children are now also eligible.

In the summer of 2018, the District of Columbia enacted uniform school discipline reforms applying to both DC Public School (DCPS) and public charter schools—the Student Fair Access to School Amendment Act of 2018 (Law 22-057). Children’s Law Center, along with members of the Every Student Every Day Coalition, helped shape the legislation, which also drew from the experience of parents, teachers, lawyers and experts in the field to determine how to best keep students in school and learning.