This report provides a clear blueprint for closing youth prisons and replacing them with community-based juvenile justice services. Readers will learn how this new system can hold youth accountable — without resorting to incarceration — while cultivating a young person’s strengths, interests and sense of belonging.
Four out of the last five years, the KIDS COUNT Data Book has ranked North Dakota first and Mississippi last in economic well-being. These rankings suggest contrasting landscapes of economic opportunity and stability.
At age 16, Alyssa B. was sent to adult prison, where she spent 23 hours a day in lockdown without positive human contact or regular programming. This post, written by Alyssa B., recounts the life-changing experience and reveals what justice-involved youth really need to turn their lives around.
In its 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Casey Foundation urged state and federal policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that are proving to help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults.
For two decades, the Casey Foundation has collaborated with child welfare agencies to improve how they help families keep children safe from abuse and neglect. More recently, these efforts have included developing tools, such as the Relative Rate Index, for measuring and addressing racial disparities.
Casey’s Lisa Hamilton talks with Rafael López about America’s child welfare system. Their conversation explores the system today, how it works and where it falls short. López also shares ideas aimed at transforming the system to better serve children and families in crisis.
Establishing systems that allow state child welfare and educational agencies to share critical data about children is no small task. A new guide outlines areas of collaboration critical to integrating data to improve the lives of vulnerable children.