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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This guide highlights a wide range of best practices – everything from big picture improvements to frontline fixes – that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of a particularly vulnerable population: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)  youth.                                                                                                                                            

It is the eleventh installment in a series devoted to the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). A multi-year, multi-site project, JDAI aims to reduce reliance on secure confinement while championing more efficient and effective detention alternatives.    

September 28, 2015

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Report Highlights Family Leaders’ Fight for Change in Juvenile Justice

This report by the Institute for Policy Studies exposes the devastation on families when they try partnering for their incarcerated kids traversing the juvenile justice system. Once seen as an afterthought, families now are emerging as savvy and determined leaders in a movement to transform the juvenile justice playing field. 

Published May 6, 2016

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Keeping Systems Accountable and Young People Engaged

The federal Strengthening Families Act (SFA) provides new opportunities for child welfare agencies to create typical family experiences for children and youth in foster care. In this third installment of a six-part webinar series, the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative highlights key SFA provisions that leverage the law’s enforcement mechanisms to not only improve outcomes for kids, but establish better practices from the start.

Published May 2, 2016

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Does Your Child Welfare Agency Have a Practice Model?

The most effective child welfare agencies establish practice models that describe how they partner with families and the community and keep them focused on their goals. In its child welfare leader's desk guide, the Casey Foundation outlines how these practice models create high-performing agencies. 

Published April 29, 2016

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Incarceration’s Toll on Communities

Casey’s new KIDS COUNT report on parental incarceration, A Shared Sentence, highlights that children and families aren’t the only ones to experience stress and instability when a parent is behind bars — their communities also feel the blow.

Published April 28, 2016

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New Casey Report Recommends Policies to Help Millions of Children With Incarcerated Parents

More than 5.1 million U.S. kids have a parent who has served time. In a new report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommended policy reforms that would help millions of children who struggle with emotional and financial instability as a result of having an incarcerated parent.

Published April 25, 2016

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What We Know

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Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.

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Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

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What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.

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Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.

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Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.

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First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8, 

Stories From the Field

Network Helps Communities Improve Third Grade Reading

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Today, more than 140 cities, counties and towns are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a community of places with comprehensive, locally owned plans to improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence and promote summer learning to put students on track for third grade reading success. One of these communities is Providence, Rhode Island.

It is really important to me that we are successful in educating our kids," says Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who was encouraged by a school teacher to pursue his dream to become a layer. "I see the children in our schools and they remind me of what a lifeline education was for me.