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  • YLAT Position Paper on Sibling Visitation and Placement – This 2001 Position Paper, was written by YLAT members, during the process of working with DHHS on their Sibling Visitation and Placement Policy.

  • Sibling Visitation Law, MRSA 4068 – In 2006, the Maine Legislature passed a law that protected the rights of siblings to see one another when at least one of the siblings comes into foster care. The law was the result of 4 years of hard work by a YLAT member and her peers.

  • The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law as part of the Federal Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. This act reforms the federal child welfare financing streams, Title IVE and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, to provide services to families and children who are at risk of entering the child welfare system. 

  • The New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) has been working with youth and adult partners to develop a definition of Normalcy and the Normalcy Bill of Rights. Maine adopted and signed the Normalcy Bill of Rights on June 29th, 2016 at the annual Teen Conference for youth in care. NEYC has also created a workbook for teenagers in Out-of-Home Care and their supportive Adults, The Normalcy Toolkit.

Check out other resources offered on the YLAT website 

"It is important for youth to stand up for their rights because without those rights it’s as if we (youth) have no control of ourselves."
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