The resources below are provided to help families and youth navigate juvenile justice systems. If you are aware of resources not listed below or if you are looking for a resource in a state not listed below, please email info AT justice4families DOT org. (To avoid spam, email addresses are “spelled” out, e.g. johndoe AT example DOT com =

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Know Your Rights: Expulsion

Know Your Rights: Supension/ Expulsion for Students with Exceptional Needs or a Disability

I Think I Need Special Education Services.  What Do I Do?

Know Your Rights: Suspension

Court Warriors: A Guide for Families, Communities, and Organizations To Influence the Criminal Court System (A resource for the California Criminal Justice System) –Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project

Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) works to build a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender, and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile injustice system.

Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood CA 90302

(Bordering South Central L.A. and Inglewood; one light west of Florence and Crenshaw) Phone: (323) 235-4243

Email: freelanow AT yahoo DOT com

The Community Rights Campaign (CRC), a project of the Labor Community Strategy Center, organizes Los Angeles high schools students as well as the 500,000 low-income bus riders in Los Angeles to build campaigns to push back the growing police/prison state and push forward an expanded social welfare state.

Labor/Community Strategy Center, 3780 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1200, L.A., CA 90010, 213-387-2800

To email CRC, visit

Families for Books Not Bars (FBNB) is program of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, is the largest network of families of incarcerated youth aiming to shut down California’s abusive, broken, and costly youth prisons and replace them with alternatives that work – like regional rehabilitation centers and community-based programs. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color.

1970 Broadway, Suite 450, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-428-3939

To email FBNB, visit


Citizens for Second Chances (CFSC) is a group of family members, loved ones, and professionals dedicated to giving hope to children and youth incarcerated for life and is a project of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.

1600 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113

Phone: 504-522-5437      To email CFSC, visit

Families & Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.

New Orleans: 1600 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113; Phone: 504-522-5437

Southwest Louisiana: PO Box 1882; Lake Charles, LA 70601;  Phone: 337-562-8503

Lafayette: Phone 504-522-5437

To email FFLIC, visit


Families Organized for Reform of Juvenile Justice (FORJ-MO), the first parent-led juvenile justice reform organization in Missouri, educates lawmakers and the public on the dangers of trying youth as adults and recommends alternatives to keep both its children and communities safe.

Phone: 573-837-7346       To email FORJ-MO by visiting

New Jersey

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor, Newark, NJ 07102; Phone: 973-642-8100 (Toll-free: 1-800-654-SPAN)

Parents Anonymous

250 West First Street, Suite 250, Claremont, CA 91711; Phone: (909) 621-6184

To email Parents Anonymous, visit

New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations (NJAFSO) are family-led, community-based, non-profit agencies whose mission is to provide support, advocacy, and education to families and caregivers of children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. For contact information for family support in all 21 New Jersey counties or to email NJAFSO, please visit

New Jersey Parents Caucus is a statewide coalition of families whose mission is to ensure that every family that has children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges is given an opportunity to play a strong and active role in the development and delivery of effective and timely services for their children. NJPC provides information, referrals, multi-system advocacy, statewide outreach tour, as well as training and education for parents, caregivers, and professionals in the child-serving arena. NJPC is the developer of the NJ Youth Justice Initiative, which seeks to end the practice of incarcerating children in the adult prison system. For more information, you may email info AT njparentscaucus DOT org, or call 908-994-7471 or visit our website at

New York

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. CCA aims to promote re-integrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.

Brooklyn: 25 Chapel St, 7th flr, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-858-9658, ccachapel AT communityalternatives DOT org

Brooklyn: 100 Pennsylvania Ave, 2nd flr, Brooklyn, NY 11207, 929-234-3636, cca-eny AT communityalternatives DOT org

Manhattan: 39 West 19th St, 10th flr, New York, NY 10011, 212-691-1911, ccany AT communityalternatives DOT org

Rochester: 228 South Plymouth Ave, Rochester, NY 14608, 585-328-8230, cca-rochester AT communityalternatives DOT org

Syracuse: 115 E. Jefferson St, Suite 300, Syracuse, NY 13202, 315-422-5638, cca AT communityalternatives DOT org

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a Bronx NY community organization whose mission is to empower grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community based alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs for youth.

Community Connections for Youth, 199 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 212, Bronx, NY 10454

Phone: 347-590-0940       Email: info AT cc-fy DOT org


New York State Attorney General’s Office: Civil Rights Bureau

The Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, which is part of the OAG’s Social Justice Division, enforces laws protecting New Yorkers from discrimination and is committed to combating barriers to re-entry, particularly for persons with a criminal record seeking equal access to employment opportunities. To file a complaint, contact the Civil Rights Bureau:

Civil Rights Bureau, Office of the Attorney General

120 Broadway, 23rd floor, New York, New York 10271

Tel: (212) 416-8250  Fax: (212) 416-8074  Email: Civil.Rights AT


North Carolina

Spirit House, a Durham North Carolina based cultural organizing collective, has worked with community members to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers preventing the acquisition of resources, leverage, and capacity for long-term self-sufficiency.

Phone: 919-697-8090     Email: contact AT spirithouse-nc DOT org


Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth (TFIY) is a network comprised of family members of youth that are currently or formerly incarcerated in the Texas Youth Commission. TFIY’s mission is to offer support and information to families as well as advocate as a unified voice for systemic change for families of incarcerated youth.

Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, P.O. BOX 671563,  Houston, Texas 77267

Phone:  281-891-3053     Email: info AT tfiy DOT org

ACLU of Texas

** For additional resources visit **

​Texas Appleseed

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Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

** For additional resources, please visit the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition’s Solutions for Youth Justice project and Tools for System-Involved Youth, or visit the full site at​. **

Texas Parents of Incarcerated Children: Texas Bill of Right’s

Texas Juvenile Justice Department: Youth Handbook

​Texas Juvenile Justice Department: Family Handbook


Families and Allies of Virginia’s Youth (FAVY) is a diverse group of people who care about youth who are in the justice system in Virginia. FAVY supports and empowers families as well as advocates for a juvenile justice system that gives youth a better chance to become successful adults.

Call Executive Director Liane Rozzell at 703-338-3289

Email Executive Director Liane Rozzell by visiting

Washington, DC

DC Lawyers for Youth Parent Handbook 2010

Families Unlocking Futures:
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

This extraordinary … must read … comprehensive study examines our youth prison system from the perspective of those who are most impacted — young people and their families.”
~ Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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Families Unlocking Futures:
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

This extraordinary … must read … comprehensive study examines our youth prison system from the perspective of those who are most impacted — young people and their families.”

~ Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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10 Tips for Building Effective Youth-Family-Defender Partnerships

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center, Justice For Families created a tip sheet for juvenile defenders.

Justice For Families provides technical assistance and tools to help juvenile justice agencies partner with youth and families? Read more.