Clear evidence shows that abused and neglected youth in the child welfare system are at higher risk for subsequent involvement with the juvenile justice system. These children, disproportionately children of color, penetrate the delinquency system more deeply and have significantly poorer life prospects than most other youth. Coordinated and targeted work across multiple systems offers opportunities to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system, and to treat them more successfully when they do enter that system. The task is large, but hardly impossible.
From May 7-9, 2008, a determined group of representatives from across a range of youth serving systems and from around the country gathered at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread Conference Center (Wingspread) in Racine, Wisconsin to outline a policy agenda that can and will effect better outcomes for these children and their families.
Proceedings of the meeting and a guidebook addressing policy recommendations were produced following the convening.
- Roger C. Dower, President, The Johnson Foundation
- Joe Ryan, Assistant Professor, Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Denise Herz, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, California State University-Los Angeles
- Bruce Knutson, Director of Juvenile Court Services, King County Superior Court, Washington
- Erwin McEwen, Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
- Jane E. Tewksbury, Commissioner, Department of Youth Services, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Massachusetts
- Bruce Kamradt, Director, Wraparound Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health
- Janet Wiig, Director, Juvenile Justice Division and Senior Consultant, Child Welfare League of America
- Cari DeSantis, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, State of Delaware
- Michael Nash, Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Juvenile Court
- John A. Tuell, Director, Child Welfare-Juvenile System, Integration Initiative, Child Welfare League of America
- Janine Kern, Circuit Court Judge, State of South Dakota
- Shay Bilchik, Director and Research Professor, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University
Materials from the Event:
- Agenda and Participant List
- Bridging Two Worlds: Youth Involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems, A Policy Guide for Improving Outcomes
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) acknowledge Casey Family Programs (CFP) for its generous support of this project. CFP played an essential role in helping to plan the Wingspread Conference and the research paper that informed the development of the Policy Guide. The Johnson Foundation also played a key role in hosting and co-sponsoring the Wingspread Conference at its Conference Center in Wisconsin, an environment which made the discussion leading to the Policy Guide possible.