Do Not Diminish the Importance of Small Beginnings

Paul DiLorenzo laments that fact that tremendous community innovations in child welfare is not a focal point of efforts to reform the system


Kids Count 2019: A Rising Tide, Maine’s Meteoric Rise, and Children of Color Still Left Behind

Child well-being has improved nationwide since the start of this decade, according to the 2019 Kids Count Databook released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But it’s especially better in Maine.


All Children Are Our Children: Supporting Kids in Foster Care

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion today that calls for the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to develop a coordinated faith-based engagement strategy.

A still from the Focus on the Families launch video


Foster Care: There’s an App for That

“Community” is not a word typically used to describe the outcomes of today’s technology-obsessed world. Despite new forms of communication, hours spent staring at screen are generally not conducive to forming bonds with one’s neighbor.

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Deterrence Research is a Selling Point for Juvenile Justice Community Programs

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently published a report by several researchers on the groundbreaking “Pathways to Desistance” project, which tracked about 1,300 serious juvenile offenders from the Phoenix and Philadelphia areas for seven years after conviction.


Senate Judiciary Approves $833 Million Over Five Years for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved yet another attempt to update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has not been reauthorized since 2002. The bill, S.1169, would phase out the lone exception in the law that permits the detention of status offenders; set new terms for failure to comply with the act; limit expenditures on mentoring and require the collection of new data on juvenile offenders.


    Florida’s New Predictive Risk Tool Likely to Drive Down Juvenile Incarceration

    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is set to become the first state agency to conduct risk assessments using predictive analytics, a process that uses huge collections of data to predict outcomes and patterns.


    In Canada, Native Families Continue to be Separated

    By Melody Ann Owen Vera, an Indian residential school survivor, describes years of fear and desperation growing up. In her words, the experience left her with a “lack of communication skills and the closeness learned was not healthy.”


    Toward a Positive Youth Justice System

    Intro / Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four / Part Five / Part Six / Part Seven / Close Today, we officially conclude “Positive Youth Justice: Curbing Crime, Building Assets,” a series that imagines an entire juvenile justice system built on the positive youth development (PYD) framework.