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Family Court Review

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The youth participation movement begins with the basic premise that, without hearing and heeding the voices of those affected by the policies and practices we create, our efforts to improve the systems designed to help them are doomed to failure. This article provides accounts by court-involved youth and emerging adults of their frustrations and successes and firsthand perspectives on the nature of the challenges confronting them. These interviews, narratives, and poems provide the fundamental context for the incisive and thought-provoking articles that follow.


This is the pre-publication version of the following article:

T. Liebmann, E. Madden Hear my voice—Perspectives of current and former foster youth Family Court Review, 48 (2010), pp. 255-261, 10.1111/j.1744-1617.2010.01307.x

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