Thursday, December 6, 2012

“Crossover Youth”: The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

Written by: Brian Goldstein on Nov 15, 2012
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Crossover youth is more than the latest buzzword in the often jargon-filled lexicon of juvenile justice. Instead, the term reflects a growing understanding of the dynamic between child abuse, neglect and delinquency. This population of young people has contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Addressing child welfare is challenging enough, let alone when joined with deeper problems of delinquency. Abused young people often carry scars of trauma and pain, which can inform delinquent behavior that leads to subsequent contact with the juvenile justice system. However, the complex challenges and needs of crossover youth often prove too much for each system alone to address. Practitioners must find a reasonable solution that ameliorates these issues or crossover youth may re-enter the child welfare system or go on to commit more serious offenses. Instead, an integrated approach, which builds on each system’s unique strength, is the ideal approach.

Who are these young people?

The exact number is unknown, given the absence of rigorous data collection, although estimates range from 9 percent to 29 percent of those in the child welfare system.


It really sucks to be the adult who gets the blame for this, even though that adult did nothing but work hard to put food on the table for the family and a roof over everybody's head.

Getting blamed us what my avatar is about-

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