Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children
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April 5-6, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts – Omni Parker House Hotel

On April 5-6, 2016 the RFK National Resource Center will host its inaugural Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children, in the historic heart of Boston at the Omni Parker House Hotel. This is the first of its kind national gathering of multi-disciplinary, youth-serving professionals to learn, network, and become part of the nationwide movement to improve outcomes for dual status youth. This is a unique opportunity to experience and share the outstanding practice and policy progress made over the past fifteen years in addressing the challenges of effectively serving youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The symposium will provide dynamic networking and interactive opportunities to learn from experienced colleagues about  frameworks for effective practice as well as challenges that still confront practitioners and policymakers engaged in dual status youth reform.  Participants will hear from the foremost experts on the topics of data, trauma, and education and will be given tools to formulate an action plan for realizing improved youth outcomes, as well as needed fiscal savings in their communities.

Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children

Dates & Location
April 5-6, 2016 at the Omni Parker House Hotel – Boston, MA

  • Day One: Tuesday, April 5 — 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Day Two: Wednesday, April 6 — 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Please click here to view the agenda for the Dual Status Youth Symposium!

Presentations – Now Available Online!

Audience Representation
Juvenile justice and child welfare directors, judges, social workers, probation officers, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, guardians ad litem and minor’s attorneys, educational staff and advocates, behavioral health providers and clinicians, federal, state and local policy makers and advocates.

Event Content
Workshop and plenary session topics included:

  • Information Sharing Among Youth Serving Systems
  • Process Mapping & Risk and Assessment Tools
  • Education: An Essential Ingredient for Dual Status Youth Success
  • Changing Organizational Culture to Promote Integrated Service Delivery in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Data Improvement Strategies for Dual Status Youth Initiatives
  • Identifying and Addressing Trauma in Dual Status Youth
  • Effective Alternatives to Detention for Dual Status Youth
  • Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Engaging Leadership
  • Best Practices for Empowering and Advocating with Families to Partner through Shared Decision Making
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Tools for Gender-Responsive, Evidence-Based Work in Child Juvenile Justice
  • Community Engagement: Broadening the Circles of Support for Dual Status Youth
  • And much more!

Other Events:
Please note that this Symposium is one of two RFK Symposiums held in Boston during the first week of April. In addition to this Dual Status Youth Symposium, the RFK National Resource Center is pleased to present its Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives on April 7-8. For information about that event, please visit: www.rfknrcjj.org/events/psr-symposium-april2016.

Please contact Sorrel Dilanian at sdilanian@rfkchildren.org.