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OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary
(NCJ 241379) July 2013
Report, 64 page(s)
During the spring and summer of 2011, OJJDP, in collaboration with the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Education Development Center, convened four listening sessions with families and youth who have had direct experiences with the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. The goal of these sessions was to allow OJJDP, state juvenile justice agencies, and other stakeholders to learn firsthand about the experiences of system-involved families and to explore ways to improve family engagement to ensure better outcomes for children and youth. This report summarizes the discussions, which focused on four broad topic areas: the expectations and the reality of families' first encounters with the system, whether the needs of youth were met during the child's period of confinement, how the family was treated and served while their child was confined, and the availability of aftercare services.