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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Offering an Additional Year of Special Education to Students with Disabilities

Press Release from 6/16/2021 The Extension Will Be Available to the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 TRENTON – Building on his commitment to ensuring a high-quality education for all New Jersey students, Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (S3434/A5366) to...

State Foster Care Agencies Take Millions Of Dollars Owed To Children In Their Care

By Eli Hager and Joseph Shapiro https://www.npr.org/2021/04/22/988806806/state-foster-care-agencies-take-millions-of-dollars-owed-to-children-in-their-ca?ft=nprml&f=1001 Tristen Hunter was 16 and preparing to leave foster care in Juneau, Alaska, when a social...

A Supreme Court Case Poses a Threat to L.G.B.T.Q. Foster Kids

By Stephen Vider and David S. Byers, New York Times, 6/5/2021 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/opinion/Supreme-Court-LGBTQ-foster.html Dr. Vider is an assistant professor of history and director of the Public History Initiative at Cornell University, and the author...

Teen Advocacy Forum

Teen Advocates meet each month to share experiences, resources, successes, and to problem solve.

All meetings begin at 5:30pm.

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81527565360 Meeting ID: 815 2756 5360

  • Thursday, June 24th
  • Tuesday, July 27th
  • Thursday, August 26th
  • Tuesday, September 28th
  • Thursday, October 28th
  • Tuesday, November 23rd
  • Thursday, December 23rd

Advocacy Tip #1

Enter  contact notes as soon as possible so they have immediacy!  They will be a more accurate record of what you heard than if you wait and let your mind ‘process’ the information.

Advocacy Tip #2

In your Contact Logs in Optima, always check the box next to the child the contact was about, even if the child was not present for the conversation!

Advocacy Tip #3

The primary source is always your best source of information! For example, if a resource parent mentions how a child is doing at daycare, reach out to the daycare and talk to the teacher or make an appointment to observe the child at daycare; if the resource parent discusses a trip to the pediatrician, contact the pediatrician to get the records; etc.

Advocacy Tip #4

Use the court report as a guide to your monthly contacts.  Think about the people in each section that could provide the best information about the child and communicate with them regularly.

Advocacy Tip #5

Ask questions – be aware of our human tendency to fill in gaps by making assumptions – keep asking questions and get your source to paint the entire picture for you.

Advocacy Tip #6

Remind parties that you are reporting to the court (particularly if folks are slow to get you information).  Sometimes that is a powerful reminder!