Legal Rights of Teens

 

Visit SpeakUpTeens.org for more info

 

Do you need help?  Do you need answers to legal questions?

The answers in these materials reflect the law in Connecticut but are very general.
If you need help, contact Attorney Stacey Violante Cote or Attorney Edwin Colon.

 

Legal Rights of Teens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits (Money, Food, Medical)

Child Support Information for Teen Mothers
How do I establish paternity? Why should I file for child support?

Child Support Information for Teen Fathers
How do I establish paternity? Can I have visitation rights?

TFA – Cash Assistance for Teen Parents
Can I get cash assistance to help me take care of my child?

Connecticut Department of Social Services (website)
To apply for help with money, food or medical

Social Security Administration (website)
To apply for benefits if you are disabled or your parent passed away

How to Keep your Lights and Heat Turned On

 

Bullying

Bullying
If I am being bullied, what are my legal rights?

Sexting and Bullying
Think before you send that sext.

Stop Bullying (website)

Teens Against Bullying (website)

Connecticut Department of Education, Bullying and Harassment (website)

 

Criminal Record

How to Get Free Legal Help – Asistencia Legal Gratuita
Certificate of Employability, Record Erased, Return to School, Driver’s License

Stopped or Arrested?
Know your Rights in a Police Encounter

Can I Get My Record Erased?
Police Records, Court Records, School Discipline Records

Online tool to find out if you can get your record erased
Connecticut Legal Services

Life After Manson – Getting Back to School
Ages 14 – 17
Over Age 18

 

DCF Care

Your Legal Rights in DCF Care

Speak Up! Your Legal Rights in Foster Care book
Videos: I Need to Reach Someone   Getting Heard   Moving On   Now What?

Speak Up! Your Legal Rights in Shelters, STAR Homes, Group Homes, or Residentials book
Video: Legal Rights in Group Care

DCF Adolescent Policies
DCF programs and rules for teens

DCF Bill of Rights and Expectations
DCF and Connecticut Youth Advisory Board, 2015

DCF to DMHAS – What Happens When I Turn 18?
Aging out of DCF Care. What does “Go with DMHAS” mean?

If DCF is Your Legal Guardian
Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut (LARCC)

Youth Who “Age Out” of Foster Care Eligible for HUSKY Health Coverage Until Age 21
Connecticut Voices

Social Security Income (SSI) for Youth Leaving DCF Care

DCF Adolescent and Transitional Services  (website)

Foster Care Alumni  (website)

National Network for Young People in Foster Care  (website)

 

Dating Violence

Is Love Supposed to Hurt Me?
Is your boyfriend/girlfriend hurting you, screaming, stalking or sending threatening messages?

Sexting and Bullying
Think before you send that sext.

Break the Cycle (English or Spanish) (website)

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (website)

Heathersvoice.net (English or Spanish)  (website)
Teen dating violence – where to call for help

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

CCADV – website and hotline to find help

 

Juvenile Justice, Delinquency and Detention

Stopped or Arrested?
Know your Rights in a Police Encounter

Can I Get My Record Erased?
Police Records, Court Records, School Discipline Records

Connecticut Juvenile Justice System
A Guide for Youth and Families

Legal Rights in Juvenile Detention
What are your rights in Juvenile Detention?

Back to School from CJTS or Pueblo
Does your school have to let you return?

 

Emancipation

How Can I Get Emancipated?
What are my rights and responsibilities if I get emancipated?

How to Get your Birth Certificate
The law can help you

A Teenager’s Guide to Emancipation
Legal Resource Center of Connecticut (LARCC)

 

Health Care and Mental Health Care

HUSKY Health Care
Information about State health insurance

Is it Confidential? (English)  (Spanish)
Can you see a doctor without your parent’s or guardian’s consent?
Information on reproductive health care, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, abortion, safe havens for newborns.

Statutory Rape – Definitions and the Law
If your boyfriend or girlfriend is 3 years older than you, can you get in trouble with the law?

Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care are Eligible for HUSKY Health Coverage until Age 21
Healthcare Benefits – Connecticut Voices

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (website)

Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition (website)

 

Homeless? Couch Surfing? No Stable Place to Live?

Moving Around
Do I have to change schools if I move around a lot? If I am on my own, what are my rights?

Have you been Forced Out?
Couch surfing? No stable place to live? Check out your legal rights.

 

How to Get your Birth Certificate
The law can help you.

Your Legal Rights (Video on McKinney-Vento Law)

The Right to Choose Your School (Video on McKinney-Vento Law)

Federal Student Aid for Homeless Youth  Can I go to college if I’m moving around? 

 

Immigration

Driver’s License – How to Get your License if you’re Undocumented
The Department of Motor Vehicles website offers information and a link to schedule your appointment.
Be sure to download the materials or get the app from this website and STUDY BEFORE YOU GO!

Immigration – What are my rights? What are my options?
Can I go to school? Can I become a legal permanent resident of the US?

Living in Connecticut: Immigrants and Refugee Teens (English, Spanish, Karen)
Information about school, work, ID cards for immigrant and refugee teens.

“Deferred Action” for Youth brought to the U.S. as Children (USCIS.gov)

Supporting Undocumented & Unaccompanied Youth In School (NAEHCY Report)

How to Renew/Replace Permanent Resident Card  (English)   (Spanish)

International Institute of Connecticut (website)

Scholarships for College (Scholarships A-Z)
Scholarships available regardless of immigration status

American Civil Liberties Union – Immigrants’ Rights  (website)

Immigrant Legal Resource Center  (website)

National Immigration Law Center  (website)

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild  (website)

 

LGBT Teens

LGBT Teens – What are my rights? 
Are you being bullied or discriminated against? Your legal rights in school, foster care, detention and home.

Connecticut Legal Protections for Transgender People
CWEALF publication

A Place of Respect
A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Connecticut Chapter of GLSEN
(Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)

Connecticut GLAD Resources
(Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders website)

Forced Out?
Couch surfing? No stable place to live? Check out  your legal rights.

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective  (website)

New Haven Pride Center  (website)

The Trevor Project (website)
Crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth

True Colors  (website)

True Colors Resource Guide

 

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Access to Tutoring for Pregnant/Parenting Students

Child Support and Teen Fathers
How do I establish paternity? Can I have visitation rights?

Child Support and Teen Mothers
How do I establish paternity? Why should I file for child support?

TFA Cash Assistance for Teen Parents
Can I get cash assistance to help me take care of my child?

Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Can’t Keep your Baby? CT Safe Haven Law

Safe Havens for Newborns
CT Department of Children & Families

CT Dept of Health and Human Services: Maternal and Child Health Programs

Teenager’s Guide to Child Support
Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (website)

 

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Youth Rights and Resources
Important information for teens who do not have a stable place to live

Have you been Forced Out?
Couch surfing? No stable place to live? Check out your legal rights.


How to Get your Birth Certificate

The law can help you

I’ve Been Moving Around A Lot
What are my rights? Do I have to change schools every time I move?

Access to College for Runaway and Homeless Youth (NAEHCY website)

Programs Serving Runaway & Homeless Youth

Directory of Connecticut Liaisons to Homeless Students 

Connecticut Runaway and Homeless Youth Team (Contact list)

Legal Rights of Connecticut Runaway and Homeless Youth

National Network 4 Youth (website)

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (website)

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (website)

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (website)

True Colors (website)

True Colors Resource Guide

 

 

School

Youth Rights Resources
Important Information for Teens who don’t have a Stable Place to Live

Bullying
How do you define “bullying” ?  If I’m being bullied at school, what are my rights?

Detention – Life after Manson
Getting back into school – for youth ages 14-17
Getting back into school – for youth ages 18+

Push Out
If my school wants me out, what can I do?

State Department of Education Link to Information for ELL Students

Financial Aid for College If You Are Not Living with Your Parents
How do I apply for financial aid if my parents won’t help me?

Federal Student Aid for Homeless Youth  Can I go to college if I’m moving around? 

Scholarships for College (Scholarships A-Z)

Scholarships for Students in Greater Hartford

Searches in School
Can I be searched in school? What are my legal rights?

Special Education
Can I get special education services to help me learn?

Truancy
What will happen if I miss a lot of school? What does the law say?

Life After Lockup: What’s Up With School? 
Your legal rights when you return to school and the community.

Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Teens
If I have a child, can I still go to school? Can I get help?

Rules, Rights and Regulations in School 
Legal Resource Assistance Center of Connecticut (LARCC)  (website)

School Expulsions
Legal Resource Assistance Center of Connecticut (LARCC)  (website)

Starting College: Tips for Special Education and Disabled Students

 

Information provided is intended as a reference only and should not be interpreted as legal advice in an individual case.

Do you need more information about your own situation?

Attorney Stacey Violante Cote
860-570-5327
sviolante@kidscounsel.org

Attorney Edwin Colon
203-335-0719
ecolon@kidscounsel.org 

SpeakUpTeens.org for more info

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