Juvenile Justice the Focus of The Children’s Aid Society’s Annual Symposium, “Now What? Youth at the Crossroads”

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Contact: Ellen Lubell, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

Gladys Carrión, Commissioner of NYS Office of Children & Family Services, among featured speakers

When: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th St.

NEW YORK – Every year in New York State over 2,000 teens are released from incarceration within the juvenile justice system. These youth face the daunting task of re-entering society, a task made all the more difficult by the pressures of their communities, which can quickly derail their best efforts at a new life and lead to a cycle of recidivism.

The Children's Aid Society’s Annual Symposium, entitled “Now What? Youth at the Crossroads,” will address this issue of disengaged teenagers and the agency’s new paradigm for serving these youth.

Six special guests are scheduled to share their experiences and expertise in the juvenile justice arena – The Honorable David L. Bell, Chief Judge, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, New Orleans, LA; Gladys Carrión, Esq., Commissioner, Office of Children & Family Services, New York State; The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember, 57th District, New York State; Ana Bermúdez, Director, Juvenile Justice Programs, The Children's Aid Society; and Justin Figueroa and Shannon Sanchez, alumni of Children’s Aid’s youth service programs.

A video, also entitled “Now What? Youth at the Crossroads,” will introduce the audience to Children’s Aid’s juvenile justice programming and some of the youth who have participated in these programs.

“The Children's Aid Society has created programs designed to help disengaged young people discover their strengths, enhance their skills and reconnect with their communities. We support them with services, but most importantly, we see them as young people who have something to contribute,” says C. Warren Moses, Children’s Aid’s Chief Executive Officer.

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The Children’s Aid Society is one of the largest and most innovative children’s services agencies in the nation. Children’s Aid serves 150,000 children and families in New York City each year, at 45 locations, without regard to race, religion, nationality or socio-economic status. The mission of The Children’s Aid Society is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become an educated, happy, healthy and successful adult. Children’s Aid’s services address every aspect of a child’s life, from infancy through adolescence, and include education, health, counseling, adoption and foster care, youth development, career readiness, arts and recreation, prevention and emergency assistance. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend The Children's Aid Society’s Symposium, as space is limited. Please email Ellen Lubell at ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org or Emily Crossan at emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org.