This report provides a clear blueprint for closing youth prisons and replacing them with community-based juvenile justice services. Readers will learn how this new system can hold youth accountable — without resorting to incarceration — while cultivating a young person’s strengths, interests and sense of belonging.
Why are black girls treated more harshly by schools and the juvenile justice system than white girls? A new study from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality says the “adultification” of black girls is at fault.
In 2003, Colorado’s Division of Child Welfare placed 1,483 children in residential treatment centers. By 2016, this figure dropped 65% to 526, and the number of kinship placements in Colorado nearly doubled, from 1,308 to 2,401. The state’s dramatic shift toward kinship care is rooted in research and the result of an intensive consulting engagement the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program in King County, Washington offers respite care and services for youth and families involved in domestic violence crises. It launched in 2016 thanks to leadership from the county prosecutor’s office and a collaboration among city and county agencies. Juvenile Court Services Manager Paul Daniels answers some key questions about FIRS’ design.
Prosecutors in King County, Washington, led the charge to change the handling of juvenile domestic violence cases involving family members. Hence, the launch of Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS), a domestic violence diversion program providing services for families in crisis and offering respite care for charged youth.
With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.