youth
The long-term outcomes for youth who become involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are poor, including higher rates of substance abuse and mental illness, higher recidivism rates, higher rates of criminal involvement as adults, and higher rates of child welfare involvement as parents/perpetrators of maltreatment (Improving Outcome for Crossover Youth: Spreading lessons Learned from Implementation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model October 2013 

Our goal is to maintain or reduce the number of African American, Native American, and Latino youth each year that become crossover youth. 

The goal for the Department of Human Services (DHS) is to increase placement stability for African American, Native American, and Latino youth in foster care.

The goal for the Juvenile Services Division (JSD) is to improve family stability for African American, Native American, and Latino families involved with the juvenile justice system.

We intend to do this utilizing the following strategies: 

  • Recruit and retain more high-quality foster homes for African American, Native American, and Latino youth, by improving supports for foster parents and teens in their homes.
  • Solicit feedback from African American, Native American, and Latino families involved in the juvenile justice system about what they need in order to improve family stability.
  • Develop an intervention for African American, Native American and Latino youth who have a significant run history in the Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS). 

For more information:
Mary Geelan
Juvenile Court Improvement Coordinator
503.988.3383