California

On the Ground in California

Leadership Development

Helping leaders, organizations and groups move from intention to action for children and families.

Children and Family Fellowship

A prestigious leadership program for outstanding executives from sectors working to improve outcomes for children, families and communities.

KIDS COUNT Network

A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

Center for Working Families

An effective strategy to assist low-income individuals and families with reaching financial stability and moving up the economic ladder.

Lessons From California

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San Francisco Probation Takes New Approach to Technical Violations

San Francisco’s Juvenile Probation Department is using a new program in which youths facing detention for probation violation charges instead attend sessions designed to deepen their understanding of the rules and conditions governing court-ordered probation and the value of making good decisions.

March 14, 2012

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By the Numbers

the role of data and information in detention reform

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This report offers examples and tips for using data and information technology to advance juvenile detention reform efforts. It is part of a series that shares lessons from a multi-year, multi-site project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the project aimed to do just what its name suggests: Identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.

August 1, 1999

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Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions

challenges and opportunities

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This report tackles the issue of detention reform in rual areas and supports the ideal that children everywhere—regardless of their zip code—deserve to be treated fairly when facing detention. It shares lessons learned from a multiyear, multisite project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the project aimed to do just what its name suggests: identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.

January 1, 2008

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Building Community Ownership in Neighborhood Revitalization

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This report summarizes the information exchange during a meeting of Making Connections site members from Atlanta, Louisville, Oakland and San Diego when these teams came together to exchange information, experience, and ideas about community ownership in neighborhood revitalization projects.

January 1, 2005

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Controlling the Front Gates

Effective Admission Policies and Practices

Report

This report is packed with examples and suggestions to help jurisdictions to make fair, efficient and rational decisions about the detention center admission process. It is part of a series that shares lessons learned from a multi-year, multi-site project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the project aimed to do just what its name suggests: Identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.

April 1, 1999

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Detention Reform and Girls

Challenges and Solutions

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This report examines the complex personal and social backdrop for girls in the delinquency system and looks at how girls are tracked at various key points in the juvenile justice process. By mapping how girls end up in the system, this report provides recommendations for gender-responsive detention reform.

January 1, 2005

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Improving Conditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers

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This report presents a discussion of what was learned from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) about improving and maintaining safe, humane institutions. Attention is given to the impact of inadequate conditions. It also offers guiding principles, based on JDAI, for improving institutional conditions, developing and conducting an assessment, improving practices, and maintaining ongoing assessment.

July 1, 1999

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A Family for Every Child

Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth

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Part of the Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care series. The research highlighted in this publication identifies successful programs, policies, and strategies that have been helping older children find permanent families; as well as how lessons learned from programs and policy changes can be distilled into action steps.

January 1, 2005

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