August 24, 2017

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance


Research shows that youth who have supportive caregivers have better outcomes than youth with less supportive caregivers. This is true across the juvenile justice, child welfare, behavioral health, and education systems. Youth whose caregivers do not provide consistent structure and support are at far greater risk of engaging in continued delinquent behavior and suffering poor outcomes into adulthood. But agencies and programs that serve youth in the juvenile justice system often struggle to implement family engagement and involvement policies and practices effectively.

This webinar highlights strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models from across the country that juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners may consider adopting to effectively implement family engagement practices and promote positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Download the slides used in this webinar.


  • Elizabeth Seigle, Grantee Technical Assistance Manager, Juvenile Justice, National Reentry Resource Center
  • Christine Blessinger, Executive Director, Indiana Division of Youth Services
  • Natalie Walker, Assistant Director, Indiana Division of Youth Services
  • Phyllis Becker, Director, Missouri Department of Youth Services
  • Amy Kyriazis, Senior Program Administrator, Missouri Department of Youth Services

Source: JusticeCenter