New ABA book: Lawyers can help at-risk youth

 Each year, millions of children in the United States are caught up in the juvenile justice or foster care systems, where they face enormous challenges and are often destined for failure. Attorneys can play a critical role in protecting the rights of these at-risk children and ensuring their access to opportunities so they have a greater chance to succeed. A group of dedicated advocates has produced a new book to raise awareness about the need for legal representation for children in need.

“Changing Lives: Lawyers Fighting for Children,” a new book from the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, illustrates the difference a highly trained and skilled attorney can make in the life of a child in need. It is a must-read for any professional working with at-risk youth. Each chapter profiles children who have been removed from their homes and separated from their parents and siblings; locked up in poorly run residential and psychiatric facilities and group homes; kicked out of school; forced to live on the streets; or subjected to horrendous physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The chapters describe the skilled advocacy of attorneys who helped to change the life courses of these vulnerable children.
The book’s editor, Lourdes M. Rosado, is associate director of Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, where she advocates on behalf of youth in the dependency and delinquency systems, researches and writes appellate court and amicus briefs on legal issues affecting children, pursues civil litigation on behalf of institutionalized children, and trains lawyers who represent children. 

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