New White Paper on Dual Status Youths Offers Guidance for Collaboration

Posted by Edward Loughran
June 19, 2014

Did you know that many youths who are involved with the juvenile justice system are victims of maltreatment, neglect, or abuse—and therefore, may also be in contact with the child welfare system?

These youths, known as “dual status youth”, are often served by both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, although those systems may not be coordinating or collaborating to best serve these vulnerable youth, their families, and the community. Yet, research and experience indicate that an integrated, multi-system approach can effectively yield better outcomes for youths and families, enhance system performance and produce significant cost savings within communities.

A new white paper, “From Conversation to Collaboration: How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth,” highlights strategies that youth-serving systems can apply to begin developing a more integrated approach and achieve better outcomes for youths and families. Released by the recently-launched Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, the paper describes some of the challenges facing dual status youths, outlines the benefits of collaboration and provides guidance for practitioners to begin a conversation. The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice also recently presented a webinar for the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators’ Resource Network for Youth Corrections Leaders and Professionals, which provided the framework for collaboration between juvenile justice and the child welfare system and highlighted on the their current initiatives.

To read the new white paper, visit the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice website.