Supporting Youth in Transition to Adulthood

Lessons Learned from Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Posted April 5, 2009
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
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This paper takes a hard look at how America’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems are faring—and where they are failing—in helping at-risk youth successfully transition to adulthood. Readers will learn what each agency does well, how they’ve evolved, and how they can work better together moving forward. The end goal is simple: Cross-agency collaboration that delivers effective, individualized services to older youth (brighter futures included). 

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Key Takeaway

One way to dramatically reduce the number of disconnected youth is to treat them like family

Child-serving systems and their public partners have the potential to significantly reduce the number of disconnected youth. How? By offering coordinated, comprehensive support during a teenager's transition to adulthood. This includes helping these at-risk kids finish high school, get additional credentials for employment, join the labor force and forge lasting connections to their families and communities.