The involvement of family members, caregivers, and other caring adults is critical in the lives of youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk. But often times schools, facilities and programs struggle to actively engage these individuals. The “Meaningful Family and Community Engagement” topical call series explores ways of fostering, increasing, and sustaining meaningful engagement of the important adults in the lives of N or D youth, from the time a youth enters the justice system through his or her return to the community. This series addresses culturally relevant outreach, preparation and training for family members and caregivers, the importance of community and natural supports, and much more
This call explored the role of family members and caregivers from the moment a youth becomes involved with the justice system and discussed how systems, facilities, and programs can plan for meaningful family and community engagement. Examples of successful strategies and programs will be discussed.