New Issue Brief on Out-of-Home Placements & Crossover Youth + more

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Center for Juvenile Justice Reform 
Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy
November 6, 2015
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CJJR Publishes Issue Brief on Out-of-Home Placements and Crossover Youth

old-163801_1280 The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy recently published an issue brief on the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) titled, “CYPM in Brief: Out-of-Home Placements and Crossover Youth.”

The brief discusses the relationship between out-of-home placements and crossover youth, delinquency, and the experiences of youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The brief also describes ways in which the CYPM addresses out-of-home placement, providing one jurisdictional example.
A better understanding of the relationship between out-of-home placements and delinquent behavior allows agencies to: better target those most at risk for juvenile justice involvement, more effectively utilize in-home and community-based services, inform placement decision-making in the child welfare system, and further educate professionals in both systems to encourage communication and to change practices.
This brief is the second in a series titled “CYPM in Brief" that will address various issues faced by youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems – also known as crossover youth – and the systems that serve them.
Read “CYPM in Brief: Out of Home Placements and Crossover Youth." 

CJJR Holds 8th Annual Multi-System Integration Certificate Program

Final MSI Group Picture CJJR recently held the 8th Annual Multi-System Integration Certificate Program at Georgetown University from October 29 to November 4, 2015. A total of 31 participants from New York, Virginia, Oklahoma, Idaho, Michigan, and Florida participated in a week-long intensive training program designed to improve collaboration between multiple systems of care and address the needs of crossover youth. 

Local court judges, as well as representatives from juvenile justice, child welfare, education, mental health, and law enforcement agencies came together to discuss disproportionality, family and youth engagement, information sharing, and ways to enhance cross-system practices and policies. During the program, participants also had the opportunity to outline some reform efforts that they will be undertaking once they return to their jurisdictions. 

Youngstown Daily Legal News: "Mahoning County Juvenile Justice officials lend a hand to judges in Indiana"

Sherry Karabin, Legal News Reporter

mahoning ohio teamShould a teenager who has been abandoned by his/her parents and steals food from a local grocery store out of need be treated the same as a young person who robs a business to get money to buy the latest video game?
More juvenile court systems are taking such factors into account when determining the appropriate punishment for young offenders.
In 2012, representatives from the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, the Mahoning County Children Services Board as well as other service providers began meeting with those from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University to implement the Crossover Youth Practice Model, in which young people involved with both the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems are identified so they can receive targeted services to help them get their more.

Vimeo:"Crossover Youth Project: Toward a Better Understanding"

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CYPM PA STORY FRAMEAn opportunity to bridge the divide between CYF and JPO was created in a shadowing exercise between Mark Kerr (JPO – Probation Officer) and Mallory Miller (CYF - Caseworker). This training video chronicles their experience and lessons learned along the way.
The Crossover Youth Practice Model, developed by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, is being implemented in Allegheny County by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), and the Juvenile Probation Office (JPO). Crossover youth are those who are active at any level in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This video was developed to cross train CYF and JPO staffs and bring greater collective understanding of the work done by these professionals in each system.

Watch the video.

CLC Hosts Symposium on Broken Adoptions

 broken adoption symposiumFollowing s​ite visits with Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) Implementation Teams​, ​CJJR Program Manager Jill Adams attended the "Beyond Permanency: Challenges for Former Foster Youth, and Legal Reform Symposium" at New York Law School.

The Children’s Law Center (CLC) conducted the daylong symposium on October 23, 2015 in partnership with the Abbey Institute for Children and Families and other NYC agencies and organizations. The symposium focused on issues foster youth face post adoption, including disrupted or dissolved adoptions, visitation rights of siblings after adoption, and adoption subsidies.

Numerous CYPM stakeholders presented at and attended the symposium, including Jeanette Ruiz, an NYC Family Court Administrative Judge and Gladys Carrion, Commissioner of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. 

Brian Zimmerman, a ​Brooklyn CYPM stakeholder and CJJR Fellow, co-authored a ​law review article in 2012 with CLC Borough Director Dawn Post, which led to a citywide trend study and creation of the Broken Adoptions Project. The ​ultimate goal of the project and the symposium is to better ​understand the gaps in the foster care system, stimulate change on a policy and practice​ level, and support and stabilize outcomes for youth.
Learn more about these symposium topics.

Read "The Revolving Doors of Family Court: Confronting Broken Adoptions," by Brian Zimmerman, Esq. and Dawn Post, Esq.


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Issue Brief: Developing A Research Agenda on Crossover Youth: Recommendations from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Crossover Youth Research Roundtable​

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Documentary: "15 to Life: Kenneth's Story"

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Synopsis: The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.

At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free.

 “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story“ follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

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