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Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
This NCHE brief is designed for juvenile justice agencies and professionals (including law enforcement officers, juvenile probation officers, attorneys, juvenile court personnel, and detention facility staff), as well as State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons. It provides basic information to help educators understand the juvenile court process and explains why the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a critical tool for juvenile justice agencies to help homeless youth they work with to enroll and succeed in school.
Download Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice.

Other Resources

Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change
This 2017 publication from the Center for Juvenile Justice examines the relationship between juvenile justice involvement and experiences of homelessness among youth. It explores the criminalization of youth experiencing homelessness and pathways to homelessness among juvenile justice-involved youth, and provides a roadmap for communities to help young people avoid experiencing juvenile justice system involvement and/or youth homelessness.
Download Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.

Collaborating for Change: Addressing Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
The work of the Collaborating for Change project focuses on two main goals: (1) to decrease the likelihood that homeless youth become involved with the juvenile justice system, and (2) to prevent youth homelessness among justice-involved youth. In collaboration with project partners the National Network for Youth and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, the project provides policy and practice recommendations, training and technical assistance resources, and avenues for greater collaboration across systems.
Visit the Collaborating for Change website.

National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses
This publication, authored by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, explores the issue of status offenses among juveniles; in particular, based on research and the recommendations from a team of experts from varying backgrounds, the publication calls for a prohibition on detention of status offenders and seeks to divert them from the delinquency system by promoting the most appropriate services for families and the least restrictive placement options for status offending youth.A status offender is a juvenile charged with or adjudicated for conduct that would not, under the law of the jurisdiction in which the offense was committed, be a crime if committed by an adult. The most common examples of status offenses are chronic or persistent truancy, running away, violating curfew laws, or possessing alcohol or tobacco.
Download National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses.

School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center
Funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and administered by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the School-Justice Partnership Project seeks to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement, and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities..
Visit the School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center website.

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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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