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Finding Your Voice: Supporting the Self-Advocacy of Youth in the Care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Publication Date: January 7th, 2020 • Rights & Justice
Authors: Jessica Nelson, Ryan Wilson, Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that examined the importance of supporting self-advocacy skills for youth in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). After conducting extensive research using interviews, focus groups and surveys, the study finds evidence that youth in State care are more likely to fall behind on a number of metrics including education, housing, and college persistence. In response to these findings, Voices has developed recommendations that focus on changes to policy, programs, and employment practices as well as modifications in State law and funding to support these modifications. By establishing strong self-advocacy skills, Connecticut’s youth in care will be better prepared to address the challenges of being in care and have more confidence to strive towards their goals for the future.

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2019 Legislative Session Review

Publication Date: July 18th, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Ellen Scalettar, J.D., Susana Barragan, & Jessica Nelson

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While the status quo state budget plan approved by policymakers did not offer many bold new investments in children and families, other policy changes approved during this year’s legislative

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Impact of the Final FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Ellen Scalettar, J.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Karen Siegel, M.P.H; Sharon Langer, J.D.

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The state’s final biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 could be characterized as a status quo budget.

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Impact of the FY 2020-2021 Appropriations and Finance Committee Budget and Revenue Proposals on Children and Families

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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While the state budget proposals by the General Assembly protect many programs that serve children and families from budget cuts, rigid and counterproductive budget rules are starving schools, infr

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Policing Connecticut’s Hallways: The Prevalence and Impact of School Resource Officers in Connecticut

Publication Date: April 17th, 2019 • Education, Rights & Justice
Authors: Camara Stokes Hudson, Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., and Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.

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While the presence of police officers in Connecticut schools does not appear to contribute to a safer school climate or improved academic outcomes, it may contribute to more Latino students being a

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Race Matters: Protecting Access to Student Data on Race and Ethnicity in Connecticut

Publication Date: April 8th, 2019 • Education, Rights & Justice
Authors: Camara Stokes Hudson

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Every child in the state deserves a high-quality education that allows them to pursue their dreams and goals.

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Impact of the Governor’s FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families

Publication Date: March 12th, 2019 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Rachel Silbermann. Ph.D., Jamie Mills, J.D., Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M.P.H., Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., Camara Stokes Hudson, Jessica Nelson, and Sharon Langer, J.D.

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Connecticut’s long-term fiscal health and economic growth depend on policies that improve equity and support our most vulnerable families and children.

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Who I Am, Where I Belong, and Where I’m Going: Promoting Positive Identity Development for Youth in Connecticut Foster Care

Publication Date: December 4th, 2018 • Rights & Justice
Authors: Stephanie Luczak, LMSW, Jessica Nelson, Lauren Ruth, Ph. D.

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For most adolescents, developing their own identity is one of the central aspects of teenage life.

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Candidate Briefing Book – 2018

Publication Date: July 24th, 2018 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Connecticut Voices for Children’s Staff

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The Candidate Briefing Book provides an overview of the challenges the state faces and a roadmap for voters and policymakers to move forward.

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2018 Legislative Session Review

Publication Date: June 29th, 2018 • Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Connecticut Voices for Children’s Staff

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During the 2018 legislative session, Connecticut Voices for Children raised a powerful voice at the Capitol, advocating for the research-based policies and best practices that will enable every chi

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