Sad-little-boy-1The Center is spearheading a number of initiatives aimed at creating better systems and better lives for children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Here is an overview of some of our major work.

Models for Change – In May 2006, the Center was selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to lead its efforts in Washington state to accelerate the development and replication of model programs for change in the juvenile justice system.Read more…

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network – Delinquent behavior while at school and frequent unexcused absences from school (i.e., truancy) are common entry portals into the juvenile justice system. For many of these youth, an unidentified mental health issue may be an underlying reason for this behavior.

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Promoting Positive Outcomes – The next phase of our work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation creates a pilot project to determine if selected programs are effective with highly vulnerable youth. Read more…

Supporting Early Connections – In partnership with mental health providers, the courts and child welfare agencies, we are working to ensure the mental health of children involved in the child welfare system. Read more…

Face of African American teenagerLawyers Fostering Independence – A program to recruit, train and retain a cadre of King County attorneys to provide pro bono civil legal services to youth involved in or aging out of the child welfare system.  Read more…

Project Respect – Young women and men who are forced into prostitution have long been treated as criminals instead of the victims they are. A CCYJ project, in partnership with YouthCare, will ensure a compassionate and consistent response to the exploitation of prostituted youth. Read more…

Child Welfare Resource Bank – A comprehensive database of child welfare system recommendations issued by government panels, nonprofit organizations, task forces, etc.

Lawyers Furthering Education – Lawyers Furthering Education is a partnership between the Center for Children & Youth Justice and Seattle Public Schools, connecting volunteer attorneys with truant youth and their families.

Girl 2The Philanthropist’s Forum – Some of the nation’s most influential and generous funders of child welfare and juvenile justice reform are brought together by CCYJ for coordination and collaboration on their important work.

The Shirley Bridge Girls+Justice Initiative – Now in its early developmental stages, the Initiative will include programs and projects aimed at developing lasting reforms of the juvenile justice system to meet the unique needs of girls.

Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs – CCYJ is bringing together a council made up key decision makers, including mayors, police chiefs, school superintendents and juvenile-justice leaders to address the issue of gangs. Read more…

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Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment – When authorities respond to domestic violence situations, children in those violent households often are removed to foster care for their own protection. Yet these well-intentioned efforts can be more harmful than helpful by separating kids from the victimized parent, typically their mothers. Read more…