ACNJ: Give Foster Youth a Voice in Court
Children in foster care should be more involved in the decisions that affect their lives and encouraged to participate in court hearings, according to a report released today by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
“When children enter the foster care system, caseworkers, attorneys and judges make decisions that will affect their lives for years to come,” said Mary Coogan, ACNJ’s assistant director and co-author of the report. “Often, these children have little say in these critical decisions.”
The report notes that few statistics exist to measure children’s involvement in abuse/neglect court proceedings.
“But we know that New Jersey is behind the curve in involving children in court and in these critical decisions,” Coogan said.
Read the report.