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The CWLA Juvenile Justice Division was created in July 2000, through the generous and ongoing support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since then, CWLA has worked diligently to increase awareness on the connection between child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency, and the need for an integrated approach to programs and services across the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Today, CWLA continues to assist numerous jurisdictions to collaborate in these two systems, and achieve better outcomes for youth and families by:

Providing consultation, training, and technical assistance resources to implement systems integration and reform, and reduce juvenile delinquency and juvenile victimization.

Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on child welfare and juvenile justice practices and policies that promote positive youth development.

Advocating for implementation of sound legislation, policies and procedures that positively contribute to juvenile justice system reform, programs, and practices.


CWLA is a member organization of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The NJJDPC meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., and meetings are open to the public.

CWLA works to improve the tools, resources, and publications available to state and local jurisdictions around the country and within the sites participating in the critically important work of the MacArthur Foundation's ModelsforChange: Systems Reform in Juvenile

Justice Initiative to improve outcomes for maltreated and traumatized children and youth entering our nation's delinquency systems. Due to extraordinary commitment and leadership of the many youth-serving professionals devoted to this area of reform, we believe there is reason to be encouraged about many of the developments highlighted in both the newly revised Guidebook and Bulletin.

Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes (by Janet K. Wiig, with John A. Tuell, 2004; revised, 2008). The newly revised 2008 Guidebook uses a comprehensive framework to guide state and local jurisdictions in achieving greater system coordination and integration for children, youth and families. The Guidebook utilizes current research, best practice, and highlights numerous examples from jurisdictions across the country. These jurisdictions have worked diligently to develop new practices, policies, procedures and protocols that will serve to improve the outcomes for multi-system children, youth and their families. View online a PDF version of the Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes

The work and progress in the numerous nationwide state and local jurisdictions that have partnered with CWLA is highlighted in Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative: A Promising Progress Report (by John A. Tuell, 2008). These jurisdictions have used the framework outlined in the Guidebook to develop statutes, guiding principles, protocols, procedures, legal analyses, new multisystem collaborations, and other reform measures to effectively intervene and interrupt the costly trajectory of maltreated youth deeper into the delinquency and criminal justice systems. View online a PDF version of the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative: A Promising Progress Report.
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