FY 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
CHILDREN'S LAW CENTER
OUR MISSION Children’s Law Center, Inc. (CLC), established in 1989, is a non-profit legal service center protecting the rights of children and youth to help them overcome barriers and transition into adulthood, better advocate for their needs, and successfully contribute to society. It provides individual legal advocacy to children and youth, and through public policy work, training and education, impact litigation, and juvenile defender support services, seeks to improve the systems that serve them. CLC offers services in both Kentucky and Ohio, and collaborates with other organizations within the region and nationally on a variety of topics.
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR During the past year, CLC staff has worked boundlessly on behalf of children across Kentucky and Ohio with many accomplishments of which some you will read about in this report. A Sheriff's office in Kentucky agreed to settle a multi-year lawsuit filed by CLC, ACLU of Kentucky, and Dismore & Shohl for the unconstitutional handcuffing of elementary school students of color with disabilities. This case brought to the national forefront the harm of having law enforcement in schools — especially for young students with disabilities. CLC will continue to engage in discussions of how schools can best support our youth. Our Crime Victim Project, launched in 2017, is continuing to develop throughout Kentucky with over 100 youth victims being served during the past year. We look forward to celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2019. Be on the lookout for ways you can join the celebration. -Acena Beck, Executive Director
CHILDREN'S LAW CENTER
"I never knew the Children’s Law Center existed until my daughter and I needed their help. Not only was her attorney compassionate, she was a professional through and through. I will forever recommend the Children’s Law Center. Thank you, we are so grateful to CLC!"
- Lisa H.
CHILDRENS LAW CENTER
SPECIAL PROJECTS TRAINING AND EDUCATION IMPACT LITIGATION & PUBLIC POLICY
BOARD AND STAFF MEMBERS
President Louise Roselle Vice President Rhonda Schechter
Treasurer David Nienaber
Secretary J. David Bender
James R. Cummins
Carla Loon Leader
STAFF Executive Director Acena Beck Amanda Mullins Bear
Ohio Policy and Litigation Director Rickell Howard
Development Director John Vissman
Business Manager Louise Sheard
Office Administrator Lexie Vogt
Managing Attorney, Lexington
Youth in Transition Staff Staff Attorneys Howard Tankersley Carmen Ross
Contract Attorneys J. Eric Rottinghaus Vickie Arrowood
Silvia Arieira Sharonda Hunter Carrie Gilbert
Crime Victim Project Attorney Denise Durbin
NKU Chase Clinic Director Amy Halbrook
Juvenile Court Representation
Youth in Adult Court Representation
Youth in Transition
Family Court Representation
Crime Victim Advocacy
Through a holistic approach to individual representation, CLC lawyers ensure that the fundamental rights of youth are upheld, while also working toward positive life outcomes that can improve economic stability, achieve mental and physical wellbeing, further education, and connect youth with their families and/or communities.
CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVED FISCAL YEAR 2018
CLC provided quality legal representation to 552 clients. Â
CLC provided brief service to 198 clients.
81% of clients experienced positive legal outcomes.
50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Central/Eastern/ Western KY Clients Served by Geographical Area
of our clients experienced mental, physical, and/or sexual abuse.
45% of our clients experienced issues directly related to poverty.
More thanÂ half of our clients had pending hearings in juvenile, family, and/or criminal court.
of our clients had emotional, physical, and/or cognitive disabilities.
of our clients experienced problems related to their education.
SPECIAL PROJECTS CRIME VICTIM PROJECT
YOUTH IN TRANSITION
CLC Crime Victim Project
The Youth in Transition
provides free legal
program assists with reentry
representation to children
planning for youth aging out
victims of crime and children
of foster care, at risk youth,
survivors of sexual assault,
youth in residential treatment
family violence, intimate
facilities, and any youth that
partner violence, and human
have been exposed to out of
trafficking. This project is
home placement. CLC provides
supported by VOCA-2016-
these youth with direct service
including legal representation,
through the Kentucky Justice
advocacy for policy changes to
and Public Safety Cabinet by
better serve the youth, and
the U.S. Department of Justice.
acceptance of referrals.
LIGHTHOUSE SECOND CHANCE INITIATIVE CLC has coordinated an initiative with Lighthouse Youth and Family Services to provide civil legal services to youth returning to their families and communities following out-ofhome placement. Through the Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Legal Services Initiative, youth receive civil legal services to address indirect consequences of justice system involvement. The goal is to reduce recidivism by removing barriers to securing housing, education, and employment. The initiative is funded by the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
HOMELESS AND EDUCATION LAW PROGRAM The H.E.L.P. Program is designed to provide legal counsel for youthÂ in Fayette County experiencing poverty and homelessness to fill an existing gap for services in the area. Specific outcomes include school or college enrollment, employment, job training or assistance programs, graduation, GED, improved educational supports, grade promotion, and improvement in school attendance. This project is funded by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.Â
CLIENT STORY - H.E.L.P. B.M. entered 6th grade as a student with a traumatic brain injury, causing him to develop issues adjusting to change. His school did not seem to be aware of his disability or how to handle his severe behavior issues. Mom wanted B.M. to have a full-time para-educator and had been asking for one since the beginning of the school year to no avail. CLC stepped in and attended two ARC meetings to re-open up negotiations between school and the parent, and the school agreed to provide child with his own tablet, provided him a full-time para-educator, and evaluated B.M. for occupational therapy services to implement sensory strategies.
PRO SE CUSTODY CLINICS The Kentucky Bar Foundation granted funding to CLC to initiate a pro se custody project in Campbell County and Jessamine County. Participants of this project were provided with all legal documents required for a child custody action filing. Pro Bono attorneys provided an overview of the child custody process, answered questions, and offered procedural advice, and law students assisted participants with completing and filing the legal documents.
In FY 2018, 154 clients were involved in custody-related issues.
CLIENT STORY Ingrid* was staying with a family as a foreign exchange student. Her host dad started making inappropriate sexual advances to her while she was living in their home. She told another foreign exchange student and it was reported to police. She was then placed with a new host family, but the man continued to stalk her and showed up to her school to leave gifts for her, even after criminal charges were filed. CLC was able to put an interpersonal protection order (IPO) in place against the man to protect Ingrid, and she bravely testified at a full evidentiary hearing about the allegations. The IPO was issued, and she successfully completed her year as a student in the states.
CLIENT QUOTE "The Children's Law Center provided my boys with an advocate as well as a safe environment for them to talk openly about their feelings and what they have experienced. The advocate then became their voice. She was not only able to convey their thoughts and feelings to the judge but was also able to fight and speak up for them. I am so thankful that the Children's Law Center was there for my family."
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
TRAINING AND EDUCATION NKU CHASE CHILDREN'S LAW CENTER CLINIC The NKU Chase Children's Law Center Clinic allows law students to gain realworld experience representing young clients while being closely supervised. Through participation in the Clinic, students develop skills necessary to the successful practice of law and are exposed to multiple perspectives on justice, fairness and morality. Each student, preparing to soon become a lawyer, is encouraged to reflect on attorneys' roles and ethical responsibilities.
The Clinic students, under the direct supervision of Professor Amy Halbrook, represented youth in 23 family law cases.
IMPACT LITIGATION COMMONWEALTH V. BREDHOLD In Commonwealth v. Bredhold, the Kentucky trial court issued an order declaring Kentucky’s death penalty statute unconstitutional as applied to youth, including Travis Bredhold, who were under the age of 21 at the time of their offense. Bredhold was 18 years old at the time he was charged. Following the order, the case was transferred directly to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Children’s Law Center, serving as local counsel for the Juvenile Law Center, was joined by more than a dozen advocacy organizations, in filing an amicus brief in the Kentucky Supreme Court in support of Mr. Bredhold and the trial court’s decision. The brief focuses on the premise that neuroscience requires abolition of the death penalty for individuals who were under 21 years of age at the time of their offense.
POLICY ADVOCACY JUVENILE RULE 3 In 2017, CLC along with the ACLU of Ohio and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender filed a request to amend Ohio Rule of Juvenile Procedure 3 to require attorney appointment at the earliest stage of legal proceedings, and to extend protections to children charged with status offenses and misdemeanor level offenses. In 2018, a subcommittee of the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts formed a Juvenile Rule 3 Working Group which voted to approve the submission of the proposed Rule 3 amendments to the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee. The Juvenile Justice Subcommittee voted to submit the amendments to the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children & Families. The Advisory Committee will vote on the proposed amendment in 2019.
KY 195 Kentucky made massive strides in the realm of juvenile justice over the last several years. Funded by the Public Welfare Foundation, CLC and the Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered to tackle further juvenile justice issues in Frankfort. The juvenile expungement bill in 2017 was a piece of legislation drafted, filed and passed with assistance from CLC. This law expanded the number of juvenile offenses eligible for expungement and increased the ease and efficiency of the procedure for seeking expungement, providing an avenue for youth who have stayed out of trouble since their arrest, the opportunity to enter adulthood without the shadow of a juvenile adjudication over their shoulder.
FINANCIALS FY 2018 Total Income
Net Assets Total Expenses
Total Expenses: Programs $774,267 Administrative
$150,314 Fundraising $40,332
FUNDRAISERS DANCING WITH THE CLC STARS Inspired by the ABCTV’s sensational show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the CLC Stars pairs eight local celebrities with professional dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Center for a fundraising dance competition to benefit CLC.
$72,524 raised in the 2018 competition to support CLC work!
HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER AT ENSEMBLE THEATRE
KIM BROOKS TANDY ROAST AND TOAST
Every year, CLC acquires all seating in Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for a special dress rehearsal performance of their holiday musical. CLC sells sponsorships and seating to this fun-filled event and many purchasers donate their tickets back so they can be given as free tickets to clients of various children’s service agencies throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Kim Brooks Tandy, founder and former executive director of CLC since it's inception in 1989, stepped down on June 30 of 2017 to continue her work on behalf of youth in other formats. In honor of Kim's work, CLC hosted an event to establish the Kim Brooks Tandy Access to Justice Fund; a Board of Directors controlled sustainability fund for CLC.
over $5,000 raised in the 2017 performance
over $30,000 raised in board-directed funds
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