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Engaging and Empowering Families in Juvenile Justice

Expanding on the Definition of Family and Engagement

Training Summary

  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.

  Learning Objectives:
  • 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 

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Other Trainings in This Series

Engaging and Empowering Families in Juvenile Justice: An Overview From the National, State, and Local Levels

  Family Comes First: Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families

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Hosted By:
National Center for Youth in Custody (NCYC)

Type of Training:

February 2013

Delinquency Prevention

Family Engagement

Family, Engagement, Juvenile Justice, Youth, Strategies, Impact