• May 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 4

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Teaching Young Parents Practical Law and Life Skills

Parents and the Law is an innovative curriculum designed to help teen parents strengthen their families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The curriculum consists of 23 lessons, which cover such topics as parents' rights and responsibilities, child support, custody, child abuse and neglect, statutory rape, housing law, and consumer law.

Each of the lessons teaches students practical legal knowledge, how to access community resources, and life skills. Each lesson plan is laid out step-by-step, including questions for students, teaching strategies, and evaluation tools. Student materials are written for low-level readers and are provided in both English and Spanish.

The curriculum was designed by Street Law, a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing practical law education to the community. This effort was funded in part by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

A complete description of the curriculum, a sample lesson, and ordering information are available on the Street Law website:

http://www.streetlaw.org/en/programs/Program/4/Parents_and_the_Law

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