Family Engagement in the Juvenile Justice System

Overview

Parental and family engagement by the juvenile justice system is proven to be effective for better youth outcomes. Last year, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report cited evidence that a relationship with a parent or other adult figure can have a positive impact on an adolescent, serving as a protective buffer against external negative influences. This fact sheet was written for Vera's Working Together: Family Engagement with Juvenile Justice briefing—part of a larger Vera series, titled The State of Juvenile Justice: A National Conversation About Research, Results and Reform.