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Transitioning from Juvenile Justice

Often youth—with and without disabilities—who become entangled in juvenile justice generally have poor transition outcomes related to reintegration and recidivism. Helping these youth pave the road to a more promising future presents major challenges for the varied adults charged with their care as well as the youth themselves.

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About Family Court - Need to Know Series

Youth living in foster care have their cases heard in Family Court, a court which deals with issues of families, children, and youth. You, like many others, may have questions about Family Court, what to expect there, how to present yourself effectively and what the terms used there mean. This pamphlet was designed to help you understand Family Court. After you’ve read this pamphlet, you can talk to your caseworker or attorney regarding any questions you may have.



Bravehearts - Motivating Others through Voices of Experiences (M.O.V.E.) NY

The mission of the Bravehearts is to empower young adults touched by the child welfare system to become active and authentic leaders in their own lives as they transition into adulthood.

Located in Westchester County, Bravehearts M.O.V.E. New York is the chapter-lead for the state and an authentic youth-led non-profit. They work to improve services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare.

A Braveheart is any young adult, aged 14-26 who has overcome adversity, persevered through difficult times and come out as a stronger and wiser version of themselves.


Building a School Responder Model

The School Responder Model (SRM) is a response to school infractions that aims to address behavioral health needs and reduce the likelihood of juvenile justice involvement. This interactive web application provides data and practical activities to address behavioral health issues.


Children's Home and Community Based Services (CHCBS)

Children's Home and Community Based Services are for children and youth (under age 21) who:

  1. Are enrolled or eligible to enroll in Medicaid - Some children/youth may be eligible for Medicaid if they are eligible for Children’s HCBS. If a child/youth does not have Medicaid and you think they may be eligible for HCBS, call C-YES at 1-833-333-2937
  2. Need extra care at home or in the community to avoid the need for long-term inpatient care
  3. Are in a higher level of care and would be able to stay at home with extra support

The NYS Office of Mental Health created multiple HSBC brochures and Q&A.


Coming Home: Transitioning Back Into the Community - A Resources Directory

A New York City resource directory for court-involved youth leaving detention and returning to the community. The goal of this publication is to provide resources for young people in order to create working, engaged and responsible adults who can contribute to the community.


Families Together of New York State Chapters

Each chapter of Families Together provides a venue for family support. Families give and provide support for each other. Families Together Chapters serve as liaisons, facilitating communication and are knowledgeable about services and programs in their community.

View Families Together of New York State Chapters using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.


Final Report of the Governor's Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice

This report covers: 

  • The History of Juvenile Justice Reforms
  • A Snapshot of the Current System
  • Best Practices in Adolescent Justice
  • Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction
  • Arrest and Diversion
  • Court Process
  • Removing Youth from Adult Jail and Prison Facilities
  • Effective Disposition Services and Facilities
  • Re-entry
  • Addressing Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record
  • Projected Case Processing


Find and Keep Housing for Transitional Age and Former Foster Youth

This Honoring Emancipated Youth Housing Guide provides practical advice on how to find and keep housing for transitional age and former foster youth. The guide was written by former foster youth, volunteers and community members. This guide is dedicated to housing and is a valuable resource to any young person, but especially former foster youth and disconnected transitional aged youth. This guide strives to provide guidance to youth ages 18-24 to procure safe and affordable housing.

Note: This guide was written for California youth, but was included here because of the valuable information contained within.



Foster Care Transition Tool Kit

This toolkit is intended to help youth currently in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care access the information and resources needed to begin their transition to young adulthood. The toolkit includes tips and resources to help youth and young adults tackle social, emotional, educational, skills and resource barriers. The toolkit can be also a resource for kinship guardians, foster and adoptive parents, relative caregivers, as well as social workers, teachers, and counselors.


Housing - A Guide for Transition Services

It’s My Life Housing Guide offers specific strategies, tactics, and resources for youth and the adults who guide and support them in getting appropriate housing.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council