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.
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 support jurisdictions undertaking reform by providing numerous online publications and resources.
The first Juvenile Probation Reform Academy, developed exclusively for Probation and Parole Professionals, will be held during APPA’s 40th Annual Training Institute in Los Angeles on July 13-15, 2015. This program is designed to instruct probation and parole professionals on the core principles demonstrated by research to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants will develop strategies to apply this research within their own jurisdictions, learn how to conduct a systematic review of agency policies, practices, and performance, and implement agency-wide reforms.
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The RFK National Resource Center’s Newsroom features news, media, and other announcements from the field. Be sure to check back often to learn about current activities and resources, including these recent features:
Just Released! Trauma in Dual Status Youth: Putting Things In Perspective describes the prevalence of trauma-based behavior problems and considerations in designing agreed-upon best practices to identify them
Now Available! A Better Way to Do Business: Changing Organizational Culture to Promote Integrated Service Delivery in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Systems highlights insights and lessons learned from Outagamie County’s Dual Status Youth Initiative
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