Dual Status Youth

“Youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as dual status youth, present complex, resource-intensive cases and tend to experience poor outcomes. A recent initiative demonstrates how courts can support efforts to integrate and coordinate youth-serving systems, helping to improve both system performance and youth outcomes.” So begins the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2014 Trends in State Courts article co-written by Presiding Judge Sheri Roberts, Juvenile Courts, Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

Serving Youth in Newton County (SYNC), the program highlighted in Dependency and Delinquency in SYNC, “grew out of the observation that youth coming before the bench had multiple issues across many systems.”  Read the article in full at bit.ly/1l1vrlL.
The Newton County Juvenile Court participated in a four-site demonstration project to identify the most pressing issues regarding dual status youth and craft new multi-system responses.  “This initiative,” the article reports, “spurred the development of new resources, tools, and approaches informed by the dedicated work of judges, courts, agencies, and communities” in the four demonstration sites.  Other participating communities included Santa Clara County, California; Outagamie County, Wisconsin; and Hampden County, Massachusetts.
The article was co authored by Jessica Heldman, Associate Executive Director, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.

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