Educational Planning of Court-Involved Youth provides a framework for alleviating chronic barriers for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This guide combines best-practice recommendations from national research with direct service tactics employed successfully in multiple counties. Included are the necessary components to implement a collaborative, community-centered intervention system that meets the needs of the county, family, and individual. With the understanding that each county carries its own strengths, barriers, and resources, these tools serve as a model for assessing and adapting the system to cater to the unique needs of each area in which it is implemented. This text helps facilitate the coordination and collaboration necessary to foster comprehensive systems and individualized planning for youth.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Framework Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: System Barriers to Success Chapter 3: Individual Barriers to Success Chapter 4: Relevance of County Guide Chapter 5: Organization of Guide: Three-Phase Framework (County, Systems, Individual) Chapter 6: Using this Guide Phase 1 County Interventions Chapter 7: Phase 1 Introduction: Why an Action Team? Chapter 8: Creating an Education Action Team Chapter 9: Action Team: Initial Agenda Chapter 10: Action Team in Action: Creating and Establishing New Procedures Phase 2: Systems Interventions Chapter 11: Phase 2 Introduction Chapter 12: Coordination of Systems to Schools Chapter 13: Child Welfare Education Liaison Role Description & Procedures Chapter 14: Improvements in System Procedures Chapter 15: Cross-Agency Training Chapter 16: Formal Training Phase 3: Individual Interventions Chapter 17: Phase 3 Introduction and Importance Chapter 18: Building Academic Success Chapter 19: Special Considerations Chapter 20: Incorporating Into Current Practices Chapter 21: Roles and Responsibilities of Agencies and Schools Chapter 22: Procedures for Educational Direct Service for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Chapter 23: Action Team: Long-Term Sustainability Appendices Bibliography
Amy M. Bishop, MSW, received her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. She has worked in educational advocacy and consulting for over ten years. She works as an education consultant for families, youth, schools, and agencies in improving educational outcomes and conducts trainings and workshops nationwide on the educational needs of court-involved and at-risk youth.
"Meeting the educational needs of foster youth is a chronic problem that continues to be alarmingly difficult to address. Foster youth enter each classroom with a plethora of prior experiences that can challenge the best educators, challenges that go far beyond the classroom. It is for that reason that a cross disciplinary approach to meeting their needs, including educational needs, is a must. The Framework presented here by Amy Bishop is truly a labor of love and is one that she has developed over the years as she worked to develop, enhance and improve a process by which the foster youth in her community could successfully achieve their educational goals. This is a must read for anyone who works with foster youth; educators, case workers, foster parents, mental health clinicians, and many others- you will all recognize your special place at the table for these deserving youth."
Meg Williams, MPA, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety