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No Child Left Behind? Representing Youth and Families in Truancy Matters

By Brenda McGee & Dean Hill Rivkin

Truancy disproportionately affects low-income children and families, but it remains off the radar of most legal services programs. Those programs, however, are the ideal place to tackle the problems at the root of truancy and keep children from ever entering the Juvenile court system. Legal services programs can screen for truancy at intake and can head it off with advocacy in special education, school discipline, health care, mental health services, or housing or a combination of these specialties.

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