The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice assists local, state, and national leaders, practitioners and youth-serving agencies in improving system performance and outcomes for youth involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with, the juvenile justice system.

We provide consultation, technical assistance, training, and resources in four primary focus areas:

  • Advancing best practice in juvenile justice systems.
  • Improving outcomes for youth with involvement in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as dual status youth.
  • Reviewing and improving probation system practice and performance.
  • Overcoming multi-system information sharing challenges.

As a National Resource Center, our primary objectives are to:

  • Advance juvenile justice reform at the local, state, and national levels by facilitating the adoption and integration of evidence based approaches and best practices shown to improve outcomes for youth and enhance system performance.
  • Foster and support self-examination among juvenile justice stakeholders and youth-serving agencies.
  • Assist juvenile justice and partner systems in establishing measures of success based on improved youth outcomes and system performance.
  • Promote and support collaboration as the primary vehicle for effective system reform.

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