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). 

April 4, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have in common.

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    How we can better serve youth involved with both agencies.

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    What skills young people need to attain to be connected by 25.

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    How the juvenile justice and child welfare systems have evolved.

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. 

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