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Strategies for the Successful Expansion of JDAI

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States that are accelerating the spread of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) across their local jurisdictions now have a new resource to help inform their work. Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up: Study of Four States, written by the WestEd Justice and Prevention Center and commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, draws lessons from four states that have expanded JDAI® to more counties.

Posted March 18, 2019

Lessons From New York City’s Efforts to Close Youth Prisons

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The growing number of states and counties looking to replace youth incarceration with more effective community-based services and support have much to learn from New York’s successes and missteps, according to a new case study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Posted March 16, 2019

Collaborating for Successful Reentry

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This guide teaches juvenile justice and social service professionals about supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. Readers will learn about collaborative and community-based approaches designed to eliminate barriers and help address the needs of young people.

Posted March 9, 2019

For Youth in Foster Care, the Road to Driving is a Bumpy Ride

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Learning to drive is an exciting and nearly essential milestone for young people today. Yet, for youth exiting foster care, this rite of passage is often littered with obstacles — from DMV fees to costly automobile insurance rates. A new report identifies common challenges that young people in foster care face and recommends policy moves that states can make to help these youth get behind the wheel.

Posted February 26, 2019

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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,