• April 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 4

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Improving Outcomes for Youth in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice

The recently released Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes (3rd Edition), reports on efforts to implement more integrated and collaborative approaches to program development and service delivery for children involved in both the child protection and juvenile justice systems.

Previous editions of the guidebook examined existing and new research, explored an array of promising approaches, and gathered information on child welfare and juvenile justice integration and reform. In this edition, the authors present the results of numerous case studies of States implementing system reform. The book also provides ideas, resources, tools, and guidance that States can use to bring about long-term, sustainable improvements to the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The guidebook is published by the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps and is available from the website of the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice:

http://www.rfknrcjj.org/images/PDFs/Guidebook-for-JJ-and-CW-System-Coordination-and-Integration-Cover.pdf (557 KB)

A companion publication, Dual Status Youth Initiative—Technical Assistance Workbook, offers practical guidance to State and local jurisdictions in implementing the multisystem practices described in the guidebook. Using a technical assistance approach, the workbook presents a month-by-month set of activities that includes analytical tasks, expectations, products, and timelines that map a 12- to 15-month program of systems improvement.

Dual Status Youth Initiative—Technical Assistance Workbook also is available from the resource center website:

http://www.rfknrcjj.org/images/PDFs/Dual-Status-Youth-TA-Workbook-Cover.pdf  (548 KB)

These publications were produced as part of Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice, an initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, works to replicate and disseminate successful models of juvenile justice reform in 31 States.

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