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Online Conference Will Address Needs of Juvenile Status Offenders

1/10/2007:   The first national forum on juvenile status offenders in three decades is taking place January 18 at 2:00 p.m. (EST) online. The free, two-hour video conference will raise awareness about the risks juvenile status offenders face in becoming more deeply involved in serious risk behavior, and encourage legislative and policy change on the local and national levels.

The broadcast, Addressing the Needs of Juvenile Status Offenders and Their Families, will highlight programs, practices, and policies around the country that have shown promise in intervening with status offenders by reducing further offending, providing needed support to their families, and steering them toward a positive future. The conference is designed for policymakers, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, educators, faith-based organizations, youth-serving agencies, parents, and youth.

The American Bar Association, Commission on Youth Risk, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, is sponsoring the broadcast.

Register online to view the broadcast via satellite downlink or Internet web streaming, or contact statusoffenders@aol.com.


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