NDTAC Issue Brief: The Importance of Literacy for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System(PDF)
Youth who have low literacy skills generally face significant barriers to economic and social success and are more likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system. In addition, if these youth are incarcerated and literacy skills are not improved, outcomes tend to be negative. This issue brief illustrates the correlation between low literacy and involvement in the juvenile justice system and explores the impact of reading interventions on youth during and after incarceration.
Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice (PDF)
This Center for Juvenile Justice Reform paper was designed to provide a framework for jurisdictions to utilize in better serving youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The paper is intended to improve understanding of how to prevent youth from crossing over between systems and ensure that all youth who are served by both systems experience them in a manner that provides for the youth’s safety, well being, and permanence while ensuring public safety.
This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students provides information and related resources for schools on the topic of human trafficking. The resource covers human trafficking's effect on schools, tips to help identify a victim, and links to federal Web sites and publications.
Strategies, Models, and Innovations
Learning is not just a cognitive process; research shows that powerful social and emotional factors affect learning. By providing students with support that addresses their social and emotional needs and by building positive social and emotional conditions for learning, staff in facilities and schools can help improve learning outcomes that cannot be addressed through academic remediation alone.
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has developed a pilot project that will test a “personal empowerment and asset-building tool,” called an “Opportunity Passport.” The Passport has three distinct components, a personal debit account, a matched savings account/ Individual Development Account, and “Door Openers,” which are opportunities given by local employers, educational institutions and more.
View an array of sources regarding funding and grant information.
National Foster Care Month is a call to action for foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers, and others on behalf of the children and youth in the foster care system. Learn more about the history of this National effort and how you can get involved.
A guide for policymakers and practitioners, this report examines innovative practices for preparing foster youth for career opportunities and economic self-sufficiency.
This study provided the California Department of Education with information regarding the number of children residing in group homes and their educational placements.
Findings from the study of current adult outcomes for former foster children show that education is a primary component of successful outcomes.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago focuses on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities through policy research and partnerships.
CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies in an effort to bring about better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families.
Legal Requirements & Legislation
The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 became law on December 14, 1999. It expanded the provisions in terms of Independent Living Programs by increasing funding allotment for these programs as provided for under Title IV-E. It also added flexibility in terms of providing independence-oriented services and a number of other areas, like the extension of Medicaid services for youth up to the age of 21.
This program helps to ensure that young people involved in the foster care system receive key resources for daily living. They may have opportunities for additional education or training, housing assistance, counseling and other services. See also Frequently Asked Questions about this program.
For more information, see NDTAC's Policy & Law Web page.
This handbook is designed to answer questions about the child welfare system for parents and additional family members.
View the online, easy-to-use tool for youth to assess their strengths in life skills such as money management, work and study habits, self-care, and independent living.
The toolkits offer research supporting the need for school-CBO partnerships; successful strategies for creating and sustaining partnerships; and checklists and tools.
Events & Presentations
In this presentation, Dr. David Osher discussed the prevalence of emotional disorders and learning disabilities among children in neglect or delinquent institutions and how they can often become barriers to learning and transition.
Check out NDTAC's Events page for more presentations and Webinars.