This section provides resources for the families of children and youth who are involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, as well as for practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to help enhance family and community engagement in the services they provide.
Family and Community Engagement
- Resources: Prevention
- Resources: Entry & Residence
- Resources: Exit & Reentry
- Resources: Advocacy
Family and community engagement in the education of children and youth is an essential component for ensuring academic and career success, regardless of the setting in which educational services are provided.
In relation to Title I, Part D, the Nonregulatory Guidance states that “an SA [State agency] must assure that it will work with parents to secure their assistance in improving their children’s and youth’s educational achievement and, as appropriate, preventing further involvement in delinquent activities.” Further information on enhancing family and community engagement is provided in the resources throughout these pages.
NDTAC Toolkit: Facility Toolkit for Engaging Families in Their Child’s Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility
This expanded version of NDTAC’s previous guide to family involvement provides multiple tools for facilities looking to better engage families. Tools 1–5 are intended for distribution to students’ families. Tools 6–8 are intended for use by facility staff. All are customizable to meet the unique needs of each facility and the families it serves.
Full Toolkit (PDF | MS Word)
- Tools for Families
- Tools for Facilities
NDTAC Guide: Family Guide to Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility
This guide presents practical strategies that a family can use in building a relationship with their child’s facility school program and keeping their child on track to complete school and become a successful young adult. This guide is both a stand-alone document and Tool 1 in NDTAC’s Facility Toolkit for Engaging Families.
Full Guide (PDF| MS Word)
- Connecting With Your Child’s Facility School
- Making Sure That Your Child Is Doing Well in the Facility School Program
- Visiting Your Child at the Facility
- Connecting With Other Families for Information and Support
- Helping the Facility School and System to Improve
- Preparing for Your Child to Return Home and to a Community School