- Helpful Information
The child welfare professional development system is a partnership involving the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), county and tribal child welfare programs, and the University of Wisconsin system. The partnership provides pre-service and foundation training for over 2,000 child welfare workers.Visit Website
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has created a pretty complete website on dual status youth that includes links to resources, publications, emerging trends, research, and contacts related to working with dual-status youth – those youth that have had or still have a “foot in both the jj and child welfare systems”. Some of these resources are noted in other places on the WJJN site, but this is a good “one-stop” shop for information.Visit Website
Jefferson County Moving Forward with Dual Status Youth Project
Currently, 76% of the youth being served in the Jefferson County Juvenile Justice system have been identified as “Dual Status Youth,” meaning that they currently have, or have had in the past, some type of child welfare involvement in their lives. In August 2016, Jefferson County was chosen as one of six sites in the nation to receive a technical assistance grant to improve policies and practices around our work with Dual Status Youth. In November, staff members from the JJ and CPS Intake Unit, ongoing Child Protection Unit and ongoing Juvenile Justice Unit joined with our Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Judge and representatives of the Department of Youth and Family Services to attend a comprehensive training put on by the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation to learn about the unique needs of these kids, as well as how we can take a critical look at our programming and identify ways to improve our practice surrounding our Dual Status kids.
In March 2017, representatives from each of the units who attended the original training met with the Director of the Office of Youth Services to take a closer look at our processes and practices right here in Jefferson County and what we can do to move our programming forward. The meeting was incredibly successful, and the energy around the process to create new programming is dynamic. Sub-committees are currently being formed to start this challenging yet exciting work. There will be more to come shortly on what our sub-committees have accomplished and what that means for our dually identified youth and families moving forward.
The Mission of the Department of Children and Families is to improve the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children, youth and families. The Department is committed to protecting children and youth, strengthening families, and supporting communities.Visit Website
- Child Welfare Resources
The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child publication titled Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems, is a very readable overview of the research about the importance of the early years of life, the impact of trauma and toxic stress on development, how stress is often reflected in a parents’ response to intervention efforts, and suggested “big picture” policy ideas that spring from applying the science of child development.Visit Website
The following products have been developed by sites that have engaged in a dual status youth initiative guided by technical assistance, and offer valuable guidance and resources from successful, committed, and innovative jurisdictions.
The National Juvenile Justice Network and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange released a new summary, Dual-Status Youth and Federal Initiatives – in September as an overview of research and federal initiatives related to improving our systems and practices in working with dual-status youth – those youth that have a “foot in both worlds” of child welfare and juvenile justice. This is a handy summary of some new information as well as providing links to other resources (many of which are in other locations on the WJJN site).Visit Website
The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth published an issue brief, Improving Conditions for Learning for Youth Who Are Neglected or Delinquent, in the fall of 2016 that summarizes some of the four core conditions needed to create a successful learning environment for youth involved in, or at risk of involvement, in the system. The core components to address are: (1) Safety, (2) Support, (3) Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and (4) Engagement and Challenge. Understanding how our educational system can better engage and support youth we work with and how we can understand their role and is important in leading to a youth’s success. And, the NDTAC site has other resources to check out.Visit Website
Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes, 3rd Edition
By Janet K. Wiig and John A. Tuell, with Jessica K. Heldman (Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Actions Corps, 2013)Visit Website
- Child Welfare Reform
A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.Visit Website
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform supports and educates leaders across systems of care to advance a balanced, multi-systems approach to improving outcomes for, and promoting the positive development of, youth at risk of juvenile justice involvement.Visit Website