Youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems–commonly referred to as crossover or dually-involved youth–tend to go undetected, following a stealth-like pathway between these two systems. As a group of children and youth who suffer from the effects of childhood trauma, they are often underserved as they move from one system to another, experiencing the negative consequences of infrequent cross system coordination related to case planning and the delivery of needed services. Little was known about this population, especially the factors that impacted their system experience. Fortunately, researchers have been working to better understand the trajectory many crossover youth follow between systems and into adulthood. As a result, we now know much more about their characteristics as a population and the factors associated with their crossing over.
This symposium and accompanying paper were sponsored to provide a framework for jurisdictions to utilize in their efforts to better serve crossover youth. In this regard, the content presented was designed to help participants develop a better understanding of how 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 in a manner that provides for their safety, well-being and permanence, while also ensuring public safety. CJJR hosted this symposium in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Speakers at the event were:
- Shay Bilchik, Director and Research Professor, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University
- Edward Kelley, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
- Brian Hancock, Director of Operations, Robins Nest Inc.
- Denise Herz, Professor, California State University Los Angeles
- Phil Lee, President, Results Leadership Group, LLC
- Lorrie Lutz, President, L3P Associates, LLC
- Macon Stewart, Program Manager, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University
- John Tuell, Co-Director, MacArthur Foundation Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
- Janet Wiig, Co-Director, MacArthur Foundation Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
- Maryam Fatemi, Deputy Director, Department of Children and Family Services for Los Angeles County
- Carla Guenthner, Chief Magistrate, Hamilton County Juvenile Court
- John Mick Moore, Assistant to the Superintendent for Interagency Relations, Puget Sound Educational Service District
- Frances Allegra, Chief Executive Officer, Our Kids Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.
- Sara Boylan, Director, Denver Collaborative Partnership
- Darlene Byrne, Judge, 98th Judicial District Court of Travis County
- Bruce Knutson, Director, Juvenile Court Services, King County Superior Court
Materials from the Event:
- Agenda and Biographies
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Other Resources
CJJR and RFK Children’s Action Corps thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, through the Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative, for the generous support that made this symposium possible.