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New England Regional Convening on the Intersection of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

A New England Regional Convening Addressing the Needs of Youth that Crossover Between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Casey Family Programs and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute (CJJR) have partnered since 2007 to address the unique issues presented by children and youth who are known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. These young people, often referred to as “crossover youth,” move between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or are known to both concurrently. Here in New England, both the Casey Strategic Consultants and staff from the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners have had conversations with child welfare leaders about the complicated issues related to meeting the needs of these youth. Although there is significant variation in agency structure across New England, each jurisdiction is faced with meeting the needs of crossover youth. In keeping with our tradition of supporting shared learning, Casey and the Association have partnered with CJJR to host a regional convening on November 20 and 21, 2013.

Convening Objectives

Cross Systems Collaboration and Community Partnerships

Explore successful cross systems and community collaboration strategies across human services, juvenile justice, the courts, law enforcement, education and community e.g. screening and joint assessments, multidisciplinary case planning, and achieving permanency. Paying close attention to key foundational elements e.g. protocols, guidelines, and cross systems agreements that underpin the success of these strategies.

Case Management Considerations

Examine crossover youth case management challenges and successful strategies utilized by corrections and human services to negotiate caseload size, affect organizational culture shifts, promote staff buy in, and determine roles and responsibilities among staff serving crossover youth.

Information Sharing

Discuss current statues or laws that govern the states’ ability to share information. Identify specific strategies that have been developed that promote cross-agency information sharing to facilitate joint case planning.

Data Capacity

Assess/Discuss the states’ current capacity to collect data on youth that are involved in multiple systems and examine how these data are utilized to effectuate services and develop policies.


Examine the importance of stabilizing permanency for cross over youth and learn the array of services that will increase their success after their cases closes in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  In other words ensure every decision made regarding treatment of crossover youth prioritized for permanency considerations.

Action Planning

Develop an action plan for next steps related to supporting crossover youth efforts.