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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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LGBTQ in Child Welfare

This comprehensive review identifies and synthesizes literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in America’s child welfare system. It shares individual publication summaries as well as common themes and best practices for child welfare professionals and policymakers dedicated to building brighter futures for LGBTQ youth.

Published September 22, 2016

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Watch it: Patrick McCarthy on Casey’s Juvenile Justice Work

At the 2016 National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO Patrick McCarthy sat down for a short, videotaped interview to share his thoughts on the Foundation’s juvenile justice work.

Published September 19, 2016

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Child Poverty Declines After Peaking in 2011

After the Great Recession, the nation's child poverty rate increased steadily, peaking at 23% in 2011. Since then, the rate has been on a slow decline and, in 2015, reached its lowest level in five years, at which point one out of every five children lived in poverty.

Published September 16, 2016

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Four Compelling Reasons to Use Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Policy Decisions

Tools for Thought: Using Racial Equity Impact Assessments for Effective Policymaking, the third installment of the Race for Results case study series, highlights the use and effectiveness of Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) tools, and gives leaders and advocates a tangible mechanism to craft race-conscious legislation and policies.

Published August 31, 2016

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Preparing for the Road Ahead

This report reflects on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s vision for building on its successes to help youth and young adults thrive socially, emotionally, financially, intellectually and physically.

Published August 16, 2016

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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.