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.
We are pleased to invite jurisdictions to apply to become one of up to six competitively selected sites to receive two consecutive days of training in Dual Status Youth Reform provided in each site’s own jurisdiction. The training will lay the foundation for selected jurisdictions to design, implement and sustain practice reforms on behalf of their uniquely defined dual status youth population. This opportunity will enable each participant jurisdiction to begin to identify areas for improvement and develop a plan to enhance case processing and system responses in order to improve dual status youth and family outcomes. Learn more!
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 RFK National Resource Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new online course for attorneys. The course, Information Sharing in Youth and Family Serving Systems, provides attorneys (juvenile defenders, minor’s attorneys, prosecutors, agency legal counsel) and juvenile court judges with guidance on several critical topics relevant to understanding the complex issue of information sharing.
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, resources, and policy updates, including this recent feature:
Senators Peters & Grassley Introduce the CONNECT Act to Address the Needs of Dual Status Youth
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation to help states identify and respond to the needs of children who come into contact with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act would authorize grants to improve cooperation between, and data collection by, the state agencies overseeing juvenile justice and child welfare programs. [Read more…]
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