Child Welfare League of America

Youth Involvement in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems: A Case of Double Jeopardy?

By:
Madelyn Freundlich
Leslee Morris


Youth Involvement in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems: A Case of Double Jeopardy? E-Learning CoursesImagine that you are a 14-year-old living in a group home. One evening, you
are picked up by the police for getting into a fight, and they charge you
with assault. You are scheduled to appear in court for adjudication. You are
weighed down with questions: Will anyone speak on your behalf? Will your
caseworker be at the hearing? How will the judge view you? Where will you go
from there? Whom do you turn to with questions? Little is known about what
occurs when youth in foster care are arrested and brought before the court.

This book uses extensive interviews to illustrate the viewpoints of foster
youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system, their foster
parents, juvenile court judges, and child welfare agencies, concerning their
role when children face delinquency charges. The book then identifies
innovative programs that address issues affecting children and youth in the
overlap of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It also examines
the extent to which law, policy, and practice support appropriate outcomes for young people in foster care with subsequent involvement in delinquency.

Price: $16.95
CWLA Stock Number: 0258
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN-13: 9781587600258