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.
Probation System Review Guidebook, 2nd Edition: Whether conducted with our support or independently, this new publication provides the analytical framework that guides the review process toward alignment of jurisdictions’ practices with national best practice standards that contribute to improved system performance and youth outcomes. This Guidebook aligns reform approaches with the most current advances in the field, based on up-to-date and relevant research on adolescent development, risks-needs-responsivity approaches, probation supervision, graduated system of responses, family engagement, and data-driven decision making.
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The RFK National Resource Center’s Newsroom features news, media, and other announcements from the field, including this recent feature:
Jurisdictions Selected for the Dual Status Youth Training Initiative
We are pleased to announce the jurisdictions selected for participation in the Dual Status Youth Training Initiative. The following sites will receive two days of on-site training for their multi-system collaborative on the key elements of our Dual Status Youth Framework:
Augusta County, VA ♦ Hall County, GA ♦ Jefferson County, WI ♦ Palm Beach County, FL ♦ Pennington County, SD ♦ Polk County, IA [Read more…]
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