Engaging and Empowering Families in Juvenile Justice
Expanding on the Definition of Family and Engagement
Children in the juvenile justice system are often removed from their homes and schools to facilities outside their community and, as a result, they are separated from caring adults who know them well. These adults, who may include a biological parent, a grandparent, an aunt, coach, or other mentor, are important to a child's rehabilitation, recovery, and healing. Regular input from a youth's family is key to successful outcomes for youth at all points in the juvenile justice spectrum. Yet, too often, families are kept at the margins. This OJJDP-sponsored Webinar, the second in the Engaging and Empowering Families in Juvenile Justice series, highlights the importance of meaningful engagement with families and provides real-life examples from the speakers.
Understand the value of using a broad definition of "family" when designing and implementing family engagement strategies
Identify the key elements of meaningful engagement with families, such as demonstrating respect, validating the role and impact of families, listening, and providing regular access to youth
Engage in dialogue with speakers regarding how family engagement had a positive effect on their personal experiences