Teen Legal Rights Resources

Publications and Websites with Helpful Information

The resources listed below will answer some questions about teen legal rights.
For specific information, please contact Attorney Stacey Violante Cote or Attorney Edwin Colon.

 

 

Benefits (Money, Food, Medical)

Child Support Information for Teen Mothers

Child Support Information for Teen Fathers

TFA – Cash Assistance for Teen Parents 

How to Keep your Lights and Heat Turned On

Connecticut Department of Social Services (website)

Social Security Administration (website)

 

Bullying

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

Stop Bullying (website)

Teens Against Bullying (website)

Connecticut Department of Education, Bullying and Harassment (website)

 

 

DCF Care

Legal Rights of Teens in DCF Care

Speak Up! Legal Rights in Foster Care

Speak Up! Legal Rights of Youth in Shelters, STAR Homes, Groups Homes, or Residentials 

DCF to DMHAS – What Happens When I Turn 18?

DCF-DMHAS Memorandum of Understanding

DCF Adolescent Policies

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 for Children, 2006

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? (brochure)  (poster)
Is your boyfriend/girlfriend hurting you, screaming at you, stalking you or sending threatening messages?

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

 

 

Delinquency and Detention

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 (English or Spanish)
What are your rights in Juvenile Detention?

 

 

Health Care and Mental Health Care

Is it Confidential? (English)  (Spanish)
Can you see a doctor without your parent/guardian’s consent?
Reproductive health care, including 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?

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (website)

Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition (website)

HUSKY Health Care
Information about State health insurance

Youth Who “Age Out” of Foster Care are Eligible for HUSKY Health Coverage until Age 21
Connecticut Voices for Children, 2006

 

 

Homelessness

Invisible No More: Creating Opportunities for Youth Who are Homeless
Center for Children’s Advocacy and Partnership for Strong Communities, 2013
Derrick M. Gordon, PhD and Bronwyn A. Hunter, PhD, Consultation Center, Yale School of Medicine

 

 

Education

Alternative Schools – Avoiding “Push Out”
Legal rights of students experiencing Push Out – pressure from the school to withdraw and attend an Alternative School or Program.

Bullying

English Language Learners – State Dept of Education Information for ELLs

Financial Aid for College If You’re Not Living with Your Parents

Dependency Override - Sample letter

Push Out – What does the law say?

Scholarships for College (Scholarships A-Z)

Scholarships for Students in Greater Hartford

Searches in School

Special Education

Special Education – Protecting Your Rights (ctlawhelp.com)

Truancy

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

Life After Manson – How to Get Back into School
For youth ages 14-17
For youth ages 18+

Truancy Report : Las Niñas Silenciadas - English or Spanish
Broken Links between Language, Culture and Learning

Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Rules, Rights and Regulations in School   (ctlawhelp.com)

School Expulsions
Legal Resource Assistance Center of Connecticut (LARCC)

Starting College: Tips for Special Education and Disabled Students

 

 

Emancipation

How Can I Get Emancipated?

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

How to Get your Birth Certificate
The law can help you

 

 

Immigration

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.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement (USCIS Memo 2011)

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (USCIS Memo 2009)

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)

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

 

 

LGBT Teens

LGBT Teens – What are my rights? 
Are you being bullied or feel like you’re 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)

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective  (website)

New Haven Pride Center  (website)

True Colors  (website)

 

 

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Access to Tutoring for Pregnant/Parenting Students

Child Support and Teen Fathers

Child Support and Teen Mothers

TFA Cash Assistance for Teen Parents

Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Safe Havens for Newborns
CT Department of Children & Families

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

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (website)

 

 

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Homelessness and Education – Do I have to change schools if I move?  (English)   (Spanish)
How do you define “homeless” ?  What are my legal rights if I’m homeless?

How to Get your Birth Certificate
 The law can help you

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

Programs Serving Runaway & Homeless Youth

Directory of Connecticut LEA Liaisons to Homeless Students (2010-2011)

2012 Data on Connecticut Runaway and Homeless Youth

Connecticut Runaway and Homeless Youth Team (Contact list)

Legal Rights of Connecticut Runaway and Homeless Youth

Invisible No More: Creating Opportunities for Youth Who are Homeless
Center for Children’s Advocacy and Partnership for Strong Communities, 2013
Derrick M. Gordon, PhD and Bronwyn A. Hunter, PhD, Consultation Center, Yale School of Medicine

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)

 

 

Teen Dating Violence

Is Love Supposed to Hurt Me? (brochure)  (poster)

Dating Violence & STD/HIV – Serious Public Health Concerns for Sexually Active Teen Girls. National Center on Poverty Law (September 1, 2005).

Break the Cycle (English or Spanish)

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

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

 

 

Do you need more information?

Contact:

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

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