Addressing Truancy in High Schools: Modifying Early Intervention Models

By Nicole Harris-Crest, CFCC Student Fellow 2012-2013 The Center for Children, Families, and the Courts (CFCC) Truancy Court Program (TCP) uses early intervention to address the problems that underlie truancy. Each week, TCP staff meet with students who are “soft” truants, having between five to twenty unexcused absences in a semester. The goal of the…

Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Problem-Solving Courts: From a Maryland Perspective

By Rexanah Wyse, CFCC Student Fellow 2012-2013 Through the CFCC Student Fellows Program, I was afforded the opportunity to learn how the integration of therapeutic jurisprudence, the ecology of human development, and problem-solving courts work together to impact children and their families. Problem-solving courts attempt to address the underlying problem that is responsible for the…

Investing in Children’s Mental Health As a Preventive Law Approach to Juvenile Delinquency

By Catherine Villareale, CFCC Student Fellow 2012-2013 Courts struggle with effective ways to deal with individuals whose mental health issues lead to criminal behavior. This is especially true for courts responsible for adjudicating juvenile delinquency. Childhood exposure to violence can impact children’s social and emotional development. It has been linked to poor social functioning and…

A Different Approach to Addressing Truancy

By Navneet Pal, CFCC Student Fellow 2012-2013 The Truancy Court Program run by the Center for Families, Children, and the Courts uses therapeutic jurisprudence and preventive law to address the issue of truancy. Through this approach, teachers (and/or other school officials), judges, volunteers, mentors, and parents work together to help students overcome obstacles that lead…

Using Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Protect the Rights of Homeless Children and Their Families

By Spencer Hall, CFCC Student Fellow 2012-2013 A few days ago NPR profiled a young woman named Tierra Jackson, now a junior in college, who had struggled in high school as her family experienced homelessness. She recalled being frequently punished by school administrators for her tardiness, but being too embarrassed to tell them that her…