Crossover Youth: Los Angeles County Probation Youth With Previous Referrals to Child Protective Services

Crossover Youth: Los Angeles County Probation Youth With Previous Referrals to Child Protective Services

Youth who are intensely involved with the juvenile justice probation system are likely to have been previously involved in the child protection system, a report from the Children’s Data Network finds. The report, Crossover Youth: Los Angeles County Probation Youth With Previous Referrals to Child Protective Services (8 pages, PDF), found that 83 percent of youth in a Los Angeles probation program had been referred to Child Protective Services at least once for maltreatment; 38 percent had a substantiated report of maltreatment; 35 percent had cases opened, either for in-home services or out-of-home foster care; and 20 percent had been removed from their homes as a result of abuse or neglect. Funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the report finds that a more systematic approach to providing pretention-oriented family support when maltreatment is first reported could help families address problems at an earlier stage, enhance the child's safety in the short term, and reduce his/her involvement with the juvenile justice system over the long term.