There is a growing awareness in the juvenile justice field about the importance of partnering with families, both to improve outcomes for kids, as well as to improve the effectiveness and job satisfaction of juvenile justice professionals.
“Family partnership” is an approach to juvenile justice that views families as an untapped resource for understanding and reaching the youth we serve — part of the solution, not the problem. Partnering with a family means building a team to share in the challenges and triumphs of helping youth overcome their challenges and become socially responsible citizens.
This tool is a brief, practical, and realistic look at the potential benefits of family partnership, and real-world examples of ways that organizations have begun to put these ideas in action. By taking steps to build greater partnerships with families, professionals can better accomplish what they got into the field to do, share the time and psychological burden of the job, and improve outcomes for the kids they serve.
This tool was produced as a collaboration between the National Child Traumatic Stress Network‘s Partnering with Youth and Families Committee, Justice Consortium, and the Center for Resilient Families at the University of Minnesota.