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Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare System Coordination & Integration: A Technical Assistance Framework for Improved Outcomes

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $100,000)

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

Over the past 25 years, child maltreatment researchers and practitioners, as well as those in the field of criminal justice, have been increasingly concerned about the long-term negative consequences of child abuse and neglect and the increased likelihood of abused and neglected youth to become involved in the juvenile justice system. The Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps proposes to utilize a four phase technical assistance framework that has been developed through the support of the MacArthur Foundation and the Models for Change: System Reform in Juvenile Justice (MfC) initiative. This framework is to provide training and consultation to state and local juvenile justice, child welfare, and other relevant youth-serving organizations and agencies to positively impact outcomes for these disadvantaged youth. The project will result in improved multi-disciplinary policies and practices impacting youth with prior histories in the dependency system that are entering the juvenile justice system. These improvements will assist the field and OJJDP in advancing the goals first established in the re-authorized Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 and the Child Abuse and Treatment Prevention Act of 2003, as amended. These goals are focused on the strengthening of programs and services that cross over various systems of care.

Date Created: September 18, 2011