Chapter 2: Policy And Program Development For Serving Female Juvenile Delinquents|
Programs rooted in the experience of girls offer the most promising approach to treating and preventing female delinquency. National policy encourages the development of gender-specific programming, designed to get and keep adolescent girls on a positive developmental track. Development of such programs at the state and local level involves high-level administrative commitment and a plan to address girls' specific needs. Comprehensive programs provide a continuum of gender-specific services, while also encouraging protective factors that make girls more resilient.