This Forum focused on children and youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also known as “crossover” youth. While the pathway that many youth follow from maltreatment into delinquency has been well documented, the practices and policies needed to interrupt that pathway and the movement of these youth between the two systems is still developing.
Over the course of a year, seven communities were actively engaged with CJJR and Casey Family Programs in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC), exploring how to use a cross-systems approach to better address the needs of the crossover youth population. The starting point for discussions was “Bridging Two Worlds: Youth Involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems,” a research and policy guide produced by CJJR and the American Public Human Services Association. The Forum featured both the work of the seven teams and the research conducted on the pathways and needs of crossover youth.
Speakers at the event were:
- Shay Bilchik, Director and Research Professor, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University
- Alan Abramowitz, State Director, Family Safety Program Office, Florida Department of Children and Families
- Cari DeSantis, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Casey Family Programs
- David Fairbanks, Assistant Secretary for Programs, Florida Department of Children and Families
- Terria Flakes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- Denise C. Herz, Professor, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University at Los Angeles
- The Honorable Cindy Lederman, Presiding Judge, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Court, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Angela Mahy, Program Administrator, Center for Family and Child Enrichment
- Macon Stewart, Program Manager, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
- Rex Uberman, Assistant Secretary for Probation and Intervention, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
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