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3/1/2012
When: March 1, 2012

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Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth:
Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

On March 1, 2012 the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps will co-host a one-day symposium at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. This symposium, Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, will coincide with the release of a paper of the same title. The paper will provide a framework for jurisdictions to utilize in their efforts to prevent youth from crossing over between systems and ensure that all youth who are served by both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems experience them with fairness and equity, and in a manner that helps to provide for their safety, well being and permanence, while also serving the public safety.

The symposium will bring together practitioners, policymakers, consumers, researchers, advocates, foundation program officers and students from across the country interested in learning about and adopting policies and practices designed to better address the needs of youth known to multiple-systems, particularly the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The symposium will feature presentations on policies, programs, and practices that have successfully prevented youth from crossing between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, reduced the placement of youth in the child welfare system in out of home care (particularly congregate care), and enhanced the role of education in achieving improved outcomes for youth at risk of or who have "crossed over.” Presenters will also highlight ways that the child welfare, juvenile justice and related systems can work together more broadly to best serve youth once they have "crossed over.” These include joint case assessment processes, coordinated case planning and management, the pooling of resources across systems, and enhanced efforts to maintain connections for these youth with their families and achieve greater levels of stability and permanence in their lives.

We welcome you to join us in learning more about the next frontier of work in improving how our systems of care serve youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

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