In El Dorado County we decided to use a commonsense and collaborative approach to improve outcomes for at-risk youth either involved in the juvenile justice system or in the child welfare system. ED County has a unified juvenile court because juvenile probation and child welfare work together on our most at-risk youth and their families. We also partner with education and the local non-profit’s community. In the last three years, we reduced the number of youth incarcerated, and if incarcerated, for significantly less time. We have also increased the youth who participate as non-minor dependents because they are successfully completing probation.
Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Reform, Education, Community Service Providers
Collaboration works with sound leadership