On the Ground in Missouri

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Children and Family Fellowship

Annie E. Casey Foundation's Children And Family Fellowship is a prestigious leadership program for outstanding executives who can steer and influence organizations serving children and families. Learn more here.

Child Welfare Strategy Group

Practice and policy experts work with public systems to improve outcomes for children involved with child welfare systems.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

JDAI is a network of juvenile justice practitioners and other system stakeholders across the country working to build a better and more equitable youth justice system. Learn more about what happens in a juvenile detention center and the importance of juvenile detention alternatives now!

Reducing Youth Incarceration

A jurisdiction-level reform effort to reduce the number of youth in correctional facilities and other out-of-home placements. Learn more about what can be done to reduce youth incarceration now.


A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

Lessons From Missouri

The Missouri Model

Reinventing the Practice of Rehabilitating Youthful Offenders

Kid “jails” are routinely found to be unsafe, unhealthy and unconstitutional, but not in Missouri. Learn how the Missouri Model has reinvented juvenile rehabilitation for the better.

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First Convening of Deep End Local Pilot Sites Held

Reducing the number of youth in correctional institutions and out-of-home placements is key to reforming the juvenile justice system. The Foundation has selected six local sites – Bernalillo County, N.M.; Jefferson Parish, La.; Lucas County, Ohio; Marion County, Ind.; the city of St. Louis, Mo.; and Washoe County, N.V. – to pilot strategies to safely reduce commitments and other out-of-home placements following delinquency adjudication.

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Missouri County Maps Youth Programs

Members of Johnson County, Missouri, JDAI are "mapping" available youth programs in an effort to evaluate their system's strengths and deficiencies. 

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