The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, provides consultation, technical assistance, and training to serve local, state, and national leaders, practitioners and youth-serving agencies to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The RFK National Resource Center focuses primarily on youth with prior or current involvement in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as dual status youth, the review and improvement of juvenile probation systems, and the use of a model framework to address the state and national laws and policies governing the exchange and sharing of data, information, and records for youth and families.
Request for Applications! We are pleased to announce a new Dual Status Youth Technical Assistance Initiative providing guidance and support to four competitively selected jurisdictions to improve outcomes for youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Selected applicants will receive twelve months of technical assistance and consultation utilizing proven tools, procedures, protocols and publications developed and used during the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative.
As part of Our Work, the RFK National Resource Center provides support and resources to communities seeking to improve outcomes for youth and families served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Nationwide, communities receiving our on-site support have achieved remarkable outcomes by taking on a Dual Status Youth Reform Initiative or conducting a Probation System Review. Our site-based consultation and technical assistance is tailored to each community to guide jurisdictions through a collaborative exploration of data, practice, resource, and legal matters in order to design, implement, and sustain meaningful reforms. In addition, we provide a library of publications and resources to support jurisdictions undertaking reform with or without technical assistance.
In a letter to the Editor of The New York Times, John Tuell, Executive Director of the RFK National Resource Center, responded to a recent column ,“Jane Didn’t Get the Help She Needed” (by Nicholas Kristof; column, June 29) that brought to light the tragic story of a 16-year-old transgender youth in Connecticut failed by the juvenile justice system. In his comments, Mr. Tuell reflects upon strides in juvenile justice reform in recent decades and responds to the author’s remarks regarding the ineffectiveness of programs for troubled teens, the overreliance on incarceration, and the underutilization of early interventions that reduce delinquency.
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