Recent Juvenile Aftercare Initiatives
As discussed above, there has been increasing interest in initiatives that can provide:
Unfortunately, few evaluations have examined the design, implementation, and impact of these efforts. However, these evaluations are enormously valuable in identifying strengths and weaknesses of the programs and in pinpointing how future efforts can build on what has been learned. The programs are quite diverse, not only in design, but in the extent to which they have been successfully implemented and in the nature of their impacts. A critical examination of these evaluated programs must focus on at least three dimensions:
The following sections examine five juvenile aftercare initiatives. Each program is briefly described and analyzed, and the basic findings and implications are highlighted in the context of the three key dimensions.