University Of Chicago
$100,000.00 through 6/30/20
In LA County, four out of five young people in juvenile detention or probation have previously been referred to child welfare. Many are foster kids. They are not “delinquents,” and childhood trauma has lasting effects throughout their lives. Children involved in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system (sometimes called Crossover Youth) are more likely to experience recidivism, unemployment, and homelessness as adults.
It takes a village to raise a child. At Reissa, we believe that when a child appears in court, the village needs to step up. It’s an opportunity to take care of that child, with the support to thrive and join the community as a healthy adult.
Foster kids have experienced the trauma not just of removal from their homes, but also from logistical and bureaucratic obstacles. These obstacles prevent foster kids from receiving the help the community has promised. Under the outdated model, the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system did not work together or consider these unique circumstances.
As a result, Crossover Youth face unique challenges:
To bring about systems-level change for Crossover Youth, our grantmaking and knowledge sharing focuses on:
To better understand the needs of Crossover Youth, combat bias and provide more support.
Building Data Capacity
So people working in different jurisdictions – and their information systems – can share knowledge to improve interventions for Crossover Youth.
Supporting Programs and Evaluation
To raise awareness of Crossover Youths’ unique needs. To share knowledge on what works and what doesn’t, expanding trainings and legal support.
By making the case for supporting Crossover Youth, we can ensure continuity in services and help ensure faster, longer-lasting change.
Children's Data Network Probation and Child Welfare Record Linkage and Analysis