Changing the way the child-welfare and justice systems respond to traumatized youths to improve health outcomes
The Juvenile Law Center under this grant will convene experts in adolescent medicine, neuroscience, psychology, child welfare, and law to develop strategies to increase knowledge of trauma and its impact on adolescent development and to improve legal practices. The majority of youths in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have experienced trauma, including separation from their families, victimization in the home, and violence in the community. In recent years, an emerging body of research has explicated the effects of trauma on adolescent development and highlighted promising system responses that help heal traumatized young people. The legal system offers an opportunity for translating this body of research into practice improvements aimed at helping attorneys and judges understand the root causes of adolescent behavior and how to connect youths to needed services. The Center will produce a publication for lawyers for youths on how trauma should inform their work, and will disseminate it through its network of national partners.
Amount Awarded $50,000.00
Awarded on: 7/16/2012
Time frame: 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2013
Grant Number: 70243