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ERIC Number: ED566711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
We Can Do Better: Sharing Responsibility to Better Meet the Needs of Dual-Status Youth. WisKids Count Policy Brief, Spring 2014
Bergman, Emily
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
While only a minority of children who have been abused or neglected engage in delinquent behavior, they are at a significantly higher risk. When youth do become involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, they present unique needs that require collaboration between the numerous systems and people involved in their lives. The link between childhood maltreatment and risk of delinquency and criminal behavior is well-established. Practitioners have long recognized that many youth are involved in both systems, but information sharing and joint case planning and service delivery between the systems has lagged behind. Though each individual, case, agency, and jurisdiction is unique, decision-makers and stakeholders can work together to improve coordination and communication between systems and improve outcomes for youth and families caught between them. This brief is intended to serve as an introduction to dual status youth and the system reforms needed to better serve this vulnerable population. Resources and examples provided throughout the brief can be used to further explore the issues raised, begin conversations, and spur interest in systems coordination. Multidisciplinary collaboration is emerging as a best practice across all types of work with children and families, and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are no exception.
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. 555 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703. Tel: 608-284-0580; Fax: 608-284-0583; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Washington; Wisconsin