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 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:
Announcing a Unique Learning Opportunity for Probation and Parole Professionals
The 2nd Annual Juvenile Reform Academy (JPRA), developed exclusively for juvenile probation and parole professionals, will be held August 29-30, 2016 in Cleveland, OH. The JPRA is designed to instruct probation and parole directors and managers on the core principles demonstrated by research to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. [Read more…]
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