Action & Outreach Spotlight: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. See related news here

| August 19, 2019

By CCC&Y

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FLAGSTAFF — Kevin Campbell, an internationally known youth permanency expert who will present Self-Healing Communities” on Oct. 29 in Flagstaff, said he is excited about a new comprehensive report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth, and how this work validates these large scale projects to shift away from “casework as usual” as Kevin calls our current systems which are not seeing long-term results for youth.  Further the report highlights large disparities and inequities for many. Kevin is very excited for the potential here in Northern Arizona and notes “the goal is not surviving your childhood, it is thriving in adulthood”.  This report helps shed valuable insight and knowledge into supporting our youth, has a broad range of support and contributors, and serves to justify large-scale strategies such as the one CCC&Y is pursuing with this partnership with Campbell.

The report was supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and seven other partners in the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) collaborative, a diverse group of investors with a shared goal: to reduce inequities and promote positive development for adolescents, using research as the catalyst for change.

The report’s key recommendations — which tell how child welfare and justice systems can better support the teens and young adults they serve — include the following:

Child welfare

  1. Reduce racial and ethnic disparities in child welfare system involvement.
  2. Promote broad uptake by the states of federal programs that promote resilience and positive outcomes for adolescents involved in the child welfare system.
  3. Provide services to adolescents and their families in the child welfare system that are developmentally informed at the individual, program and system levels.
  4. Conduct research that reflects the full range of adolescents in the child welfare system.
  5. Foster greater collaboration between the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and health systems.
  6. Provide developmentally appropriate services for adolescents who engage in noncriminal misconduct without justice-system involvement.

Juvenile justice

  1. Reduce disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, ability status, and sexual orientation or gender identity and expression among adolescents involved in the justice system.
  2. Ensure that youth maintain supportive relationships while involved in the justice system and receive appropriate guidance and counsel from legal professionals and caregivers.
  3. Implement policies that aim to reduce harm to justice-involved youth in accordance with knowledge from developmental science.
  4. Implement developmentally appropriate and fair policies and practices for adolescents involved in the criminal justice system.
  5. For those youth in the custody of the justice system, ensure that policies and practices are implemented to prioritize the health and educational needs of adolescents and avoid causing harm.

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