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Juvenile Law Center

1800 JFK Blvd, Suite 1900B
Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-625-0551 (phone)
215-625-2808 (fax)
  • Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

    Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values.
  • Our approach is multi-pronged and includes: impact litigation, appellate advocacy and amicus (friend of the court) briefs, policy reform, education and training, professional consulting, youth advocacy programming, and strategic communications.
  • The issues we work on include: banning solitary confinement; abolishing juvenile sex offender registries; limiting the prosecution of children as adults; preventing youth homelessness; reducing the number of youth who “age out” of foster care and, for those who do, demanding appropriate planning to help them transition to adulthood successfully; eliminating fees and costs in the juvenile justice system; ending juvenile life without parole, “virtual life” or other harsh adult sentencing for youth; and ensuring educational success for youth in the child welfare and justice systems.
  • Juvenile Law Center addresses issues surrounding children in the justice system and older youth in foster care and transitioning out of care.
  • Juvenile Law Center provides legal information and referral to people who contact the office. Juvenile Law Center does not provide direct legal representation and therefore does not have an Intake process.
  • Juvenile Law Center works on issues affecting older youth in foster care and youth in the juvenile and criminal justice system.
  • Juvenile Law Center does not provide direct representation to the public.
  • Susan V. Mangold, Esq.
  • Marsha L. Levick, Esq.
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