Collaborating for Successful Reentry

Collaborating for Successful Reentry

A report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice offers juvenile justice and social service professionals guidance on supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement, incarceration, or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. The report, Collaborating for Successful Reentry (48 pages, PDF), outlines the needs these young people face in a range of areas, including housing, education, employment, socio-emotional skills, legal matters, and mental health and substance abuse; examples of model programs that provide needed supports; and expected outcomes. With the right community-based support, returning youth should be able to realize their potential, the report argues, before recommending that case managers, social workers, probation officers, parole/aftercare staff, and other practitioners adopt a strengths-focused perspective; engage the youths and their families in the process and prioritize their self-identified needs and insights; and work with a local community-based organization that can coordinate complementary services.