The Family First Act: What Juvenile Justice Advocates Need to Know

Posted March 24, 2020, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new federal law provides communities with new resources to help older youth in the juvenile justice system.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion recent­ly part­nered with Casey Fam­i­ly Pro­grams to host Impli­ca­tions of the Fam­i­ly First Act for Juve­nile Jus­tice Advo­cates, a webi­nar high­light­ing the ser­vices and resources that the land­mark law pro­vides to sup­port youth involved with the jus­tice system.

Fam­i­ly First is the most sig­nif­i­cant fed­er­al child wel­fare leg­is­la­tion that’s been passed in decades, with the poten­tial to have an enor­mous effect on chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies. Because many young peo­ple have been or will become involved in both the child wel­fare and juve­nile jus­tice sys­tems, it’s impor­tant for jus­tice advo­cates to under­stand the law’s pro­vi­sions that may affect their efforts.

This webi­nar provides:

  • An overview of the law and how juve­nile jus­tice advo­cates can tap into it to help chil­dren and families;
  • An update on state imple­men­ta­tion; and
  • Sug­ges­tions for get­ting involved with state implementation.

Webi­nar pan­elists are:

  • Rob Geen, direc­tor of pol­i­cy reform and advo­ca­cy for the Casey Foundation
  • Tim Deck­er, senior fel­low at Casey
  • Peter Wat­son, senior direc­tor of the tech­ni­cal assis­tance unit at Casey Fam­i­ly Programs

Learn more about Fam­i­ly First

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