December 22, 2017 –
Teen Day is a biannual event that is held during the summer and December of each year and is a project of the Judiciary’s Standing Committee on Children in Family Court. Teen Day’s priority population is foster youth ages 14-17 who are under the permanent custody of the DHS; however, older students and former foster youth who are now in legal guardianship or were adopted are also invited if space permits. Current and/or former foster youth serve as emcees. The program provides attendees with an opportunity to hear from former foster youth and their motivational stories, to meet other foster youth, meet various service providers and community resources and learn about their programs, to meet and talk with the Family Court judges, and experience a mock permanency hearing to prepare them for attending their own future court hearings. Foster youth leave with a back pack filled with personal care items, a binder containing information regarding various programs that may prepare them for higher education or to facilitate their vocational endeavors. Door prizes are announced throughout the event, with a grand prize (usually a laptop) awarded at the conclusion of the event. Entertainers, including slam poetry artists, keep the day lively. Flyer with registration link to come soon.
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