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Dual status youth

Coordinated, multi-system interventions to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.


Dual status youth move between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and often are involved in both concurrently.  They are disproportionately youth of color and girls, and many have histories of abuse and neglect.  Absent interventions, these youth are at increased risk for mental health concerns, educational problems, occupational difficulties, and public health and safety issues.  Despite being served by two systems, these youth often fall through the cracks.

Through its Resource Center Partnership, Models for Change supports the kind of coordinated, multi-system integration that improves outcomes for dual status youth. Led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, the initiative-supported RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice uses proven models and tools as well as the best available research to serve leaders and practitioners at all levels to: build capacity for addressing the unique needs of dual status youth, coordinate and integrate child-serving systems, and improve juvenile probation systems.

Models for Change supports coordinated, multi-system interventions to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

Featured publications

Initiative tools, research, knowledge, and innovations to promote reform

Publication cover From Conversation to Collaboration: How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
May 8, 2014, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Jusitce
Dual status youth cross the agency lines of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, yet the agencies do not always communicate or collaborate on plans to serve the youth. Research and…
Publication cover Guidebook for Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes, 3rd Edition
Dec 13, 2013, Janet K. Wiig and John A. Tuell
Increasingly, practitioners and policymakers are recognizing the overlap of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This overlap is evidenced by maltreated children who become juvenile…
Publication cover Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook
Dec 1, 2013, John A. Tuell
“Dual status youth” refers to juveniles who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and occupy various statuses in terms of their relationship to the…
Publication cover Information Sharing Tool Kit
Dec 1, 2008, Child Welfare League of America and Juvenile Law Center
Second edition now available »
Publication cover Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
Mar 1, 2012, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
It has been known for quite some time that children involved in the child welfare system are at risk of “crossing over” to the juvenile justice system and, inversely, that many juvenile…

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Leading organizations

Network partners advancing reforms and providing assistance, lessons, and support

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
(617) 227-4183

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News

Wraparound Services Surround Foster Youth, Families with Help
8/19/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Editorial: Springfield's secret to criminal justice reform — compromise
6/16/2015, Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois law would change process for juvenile offenders
6/12/2015, Associated Press

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