Juvenile Justice and Youth

WRI has assisted agencies involved in range of services related to youth:

  • Juvenile Justice Services
  • Transitioning From Foster Care
  • Skills Training
  • Teen Pregnancy

Administrative Support

Conference on Community Justice
WRI provided logistical support for a statewide conference on restorative justice as applied to the juvenile justice system. WRI designed the conference materials and arranged for the site, national speakers, and panelists. Approximately 230 professionals across the state attended from across the state. New York State Council on Children and Families

Publications and Training

Medical Guide for Youth in Foster Care
WRI wrote, edited, and designed a booklet outlining medical services available to youth in foster care, the role of various caregivers, and resources available when they leave foster care. The guide was produced in both English and Spanish. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Guidance Paper on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
WRI wrote this paper as part of an Administrative Directive (ADM) on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. SIJS enables immigrant youth in foster care to become lawful permanent residents and obtain a green card. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

White Paper on Residential Care in New York State
WRI wrote this white paper to spark dialogue on the concepts, ideals, and direction of residential treatment in New York State. It was directed at stakeholders that provide residential treatment to youth in foster care and those that purchase residential treatment services. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Research and Evaluation

Evaluation of Aftercare/Preventive Services
WRI evaluated the use of preventive services for juvenile offenders and assessed new and existing program models of aftercare for juvenile offenders in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. As part of the evaluation, WRI examined the interface between preventive services resulting from the Child Welfare Reform Act and services provided through the juvenile justice system. New York City Department of Juvenile Justice

Evaluation of the Teenage Pregnancy Services Networks
WRI evaluated five adolescent pregnancy services networks designed to improve services to pregnant teens. WRI studied the effectiveness of the networks and included recommendations for program improvement. New York City Youth Bureau

Evaluation of Teen Action Program
WRI conducted evaluations of the Teen Action Program, which was designed to develop or improve leadership skills, interpersonal competence, literacy, workplace skills, and the healthy life style of teens aged 11–14. YMCA of Greater New York

child welfare
elder services