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Juvenile Justice


Until recently, little was known about what occurs when youth in foster care are arrested and brought before the juvenile court on delinquency charges. Children who find themselves in the overlap of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems face what could be considered an overwhelming challenge in dealing with two government bureaucracies.

A Case of Double Jeopardy? Youth Involvement in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems (2004) offers a comprehensive look at the experiences of young people in foster care who have committed delinquent acts. It examines the extent to which law, policy and practice support appropriate outcomes for young people, and the ability of child welfare officials and foster parents to advocate on behalf of these children. The report demonstrates that both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems need to improve practice and policy to help children caught in this double jeopardy.

This project was funded by the Overbrook Foundation.


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