The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice uses established models of reform, informed by over a decade-long body of work, to support state and local jurisdictions seeking to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The RFK National Resource Center focuses primarily on youth who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (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. Site-based consultation and technical assistance is tailored to each community and facilitated by experienced staff 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, a library of publications and resources is available to support jurisdictions undertaking reform with or without technical assistance.

Our areas of expertise include:

Dual Status and Multi-System Youth Reform

The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center has developed multiple frameworks, tools, resources, and models for reform to improve outcomes for dual status youth, and to achieve integration and coordination between child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This work is advanced through provision of technical assistance, resource development, and the formation of a Dual Status Youth Practice Network. Learn more!

Probation System Review

The conduct of a rigorous review of probation practices is an opportunity to enhance practice by ensuring that policies and procedures, corresponding training, departmental management, and supervision of probationers all reflect best practices.  The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice provides resources and technical assistance to support probation review efforts and is home to the Probation Review Practice Network. Learn more!

Information and Data Sharing Reform

The staff of the RFK National Resource Center, in close partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, developed a model framework to address the myriad of local, state, and national laws and policies governing the exchange and sharing of data, information, and records for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice and related youth serving systems. Over the past five years, this work has resulted in the development of publications, resources, webinars, a certificate program, and on-site training and technical assistance. Learn more!

Jurisdictions We Serve

Dual Status and Multi-System Youth Reform Probation System Review Information and Data Sharing Reform
  • King County, WA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Connecticut (Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division)
  • Newton County, GA
  • Outagamie County, WI
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • Hampden County, MA
  • Cook County, IL
  • DuPage County, IL
  • Peoria County, IL
  • Ogle County, IL
  • Spokane County, WA
  • Clark County, WA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Jefferson Parish, LA
  • New Hampshire (Div. for Juvenile Justice Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services)
  • Newton County, GA
  • Hammond Region, LA (Office of Juvenile Justice)
  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Douglas County, NE
  • South Dakota
  • Clark County, WA
  • King County, WA
  • Hennepin County, MN
  • Texas
  • Cook County, IL