We are very grateful to a dedicated, multidisciplinary group of advocates who helped to conceive and compile this handbook. We are especially thankful to all those who contributed to the writing and editing of each chapter. Invaluable assistance was provided by Suzanne Alston and Bob Schwartz of the Juvenile Law Center; Laureen D'Ambra of the Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate; Margaret Bass, Julie Glynn, Jenna Hamrick, Wendy Shang, and Jeff Shook of the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center; Marty Beyer, clinical psychologist and juvenile justice consultant; Claudette Brown of School House Legal Services, Advocates for Children and Youth; Susan Burrell, Mark Soler, Loren Warboys, and Mamie Yee of the Youth Law Center; and Peter Leone, professor at the University of Maryland's Department of Special Education.
In addition, we are indebted to a number of agencies and individuals who provided pertinent information and consultation: Robinsue Frohboese and Judith C. Preston of the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; the National Center for Youth Law; the Ombudsman Services of Minnesota; Joseph Tulman of the District of Columbia School of Law; Richard Bearup of Michigan's Office of the Children's Ombudsman; the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems; the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union; and the staff of each of the Protection and Advocacy Systems that responded to our survey.
Finally, but not least, this handbook could not have been possible without the encouragement and support of Shay Bilchik, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and John J. Wilson, Deputy Administrator of OJJDP. We also extend a very special thanks to Barbara Allen-Hagen at OJJDP for her ongoing advocacy and commitment to this initiative.