Chapter 2: Policy And Program Development For Serving Female Juvenile Delinquents|
Encouraged by national policy, a number of states have taken groundbreaking steps to assist female delinquents by planning for gender-specific programs. Gender-specific programming keeps the specific needs of girls and an understanding of female adolescent development in focus throughout the planning process. Gender-specific programs are comprehensive, providing services across a continuum of care. Programs are designed to recognize the risks and dangers girls face because of gender, especially a history of abuse or other forms of victimization. They encourage resiliency factors and life skills that help girls make a positive transition to womanhood and prevent future delinquency.