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NCJ Number: 136388 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Justice/Mental Health (From For Children's Sake: The Promise of Family Preservation, P 67-73, 1992, Joan Barthel -- See NCJ-136387)
Author(s): J Barthel
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
New York, NY 10177
Sale Source: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
250 Park Avenue
Room 900
New York, NY 10177
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Family preservation programs have been extended from child welfare departments to other governmental agencies that deal with children, particularly juvenile justice and mental health agencies.
Abstract: The New York City Department of Juvenile Justice pioneered the Family Ties program in 1989. As of 1991, 65 families had been served with a 65-percent success rate. The program has moved from just detaining kids to providing services after detention. It gives the court an option with tough cases to keep the child at home, save money for the city, and allow for a probationary sentence rather than institutionalization. Family Ties workers are trained in various special topics including adolescent sexuality and AIDS. Tennessee has its Home Ties family preservation program, while Michigan operates the Families First program. All programs recognize that children and families in the juvenile justice system are often the same children and families known to child welfare and mental health agencies. Family preservation programs have proven to be cost-effective. Further, families and communities want to take care of their own children, even when it may not seem they are equipped to do so. Family preservation programs in California and Missouri are also noted. Illustrations and photographs
Main Term(s): Child welfare; Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): California; Family intervention programs; Family support; Michigan; Missouri; New York; Tennessee
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