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.
We are proud to announce a NEW initiative to support state and local jurisdictions in their efforts to develop or enhance their system of alternative responses to formal prosecution. The Alternative Response Initiative supports the creation of a comprehensive system of diversionary practices and collaborative system approaches to protect public safety, ensure accountability, and apply restorative justice principles through a robust system of alternatives to formal prosecution to produce positive youth outcomes.
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