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New Research is Rewriting the Playbook for Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

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A growing body of research champions developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting young people who have crossed paths with the juvenile justice system. Instead of promoting surveillance, punishment and intensive sanctions like detention, the latest research supports strategies rooted in patience, encouragement and positive youth development.

Posted December 6, 2018

Study: Early Work Experience and Supportive Adults A Boon to Low-Income Youth

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Young people who grow up in low-income households often face steep challenges on the road to adulthood. But three factors — a postsecondary degree, early labor market experience and work-based learning opportunities that include positive relationships with adults — can improve their future success, according to a new report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Posted December 6, 2018

Kids Deserve Better: Why Juvenile Detention Reform Matters

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Detention is a pivotal decision point in the juvenile justice process. Even a short turn in confinement can have an outsized influence on court outcomes, and it can also mean profound and potentially lifelong negative consequences for the young people involved, according to research.

Posted December 5, 2018

Report: JDAI Sites Must Do Better for Native American Youth

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New report says JDAI sites must do better by American Indian youth

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® sites across the country must reevaluate their assumptions and processes to safely reduce detention of Native American youth says a new report by the Association on American Indian Affairs.

Posted November 28, 2018

Examining How JDAI Sites Interact with Native Youth and Tribes

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Examining How JDAI Sites Interact with Native Youth and Tribes

Funded by Casey Foundation, this report examines how Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) sites interact with Native American youth and tribes to support appropriate cultural alternatives to detention. In addition to identifying areas of concern and best practices, the publication notes that sites across the nation are largely failing to utilize culturally relevant approaches and outreach efforts that meet the unique needs of American Indian youth.

Posted November 28, 2018

Study: Long-Term Mentoring Helps Foster Families

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A nonprofit called Friends of the Children, aims to break the cycle of generational poverty by pairing professional mentors with kids who are involved in the child welfare system. A pilot adaptation has taken the program’s support a step further — extending its reach to caregivers — and it’s an approach that seems to be working, according to a yearlong evaluation.

Posted November 27, 2018

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What We Know

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,