Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

This section provides resources for the families of children and youth who are involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, as well as for practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to help enhance family and community engagement in the services they provide.

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Family and community engagement in the education of children and youth is an essential component for ensuring academic and career success, regardless of the setting in which educational services are provided.

In relation to Title I, Part D, the Nonregulatory Guidance states that "an SA [State agency] must assure that it will work with parents to secure their assistance in improving their children's and youth's educational achievement and, as appropriate, preventing further involvement in delinquent activities." Further information on enhancing family and community engagement is provided in the resources throughout these pages.

Featured Resources

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource   Issue Brief: Family Involvement 2nd edition

July 2019

In this update to the NDTAC’s 2006 issue brief on family involvement, the evolving definition of family and the compelling reasons for family engagement are explored. Further, promising advances in the field and innovative ways in which systems across the country are approaching family involvement and engagement are presented.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource   The Mentoring Toolkit 2.0: Resources for Developing Programs for Incarcerated Youth

July 2017

The revised toolkit provides information, program descriptions, and links to important resources that can assist juvenile correctional facilities and other organizations to design effective mentoring programs for neglected and delinquent youth, particularly those who are incarcerated.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource   Transition Toolkit 3.0: Meeting the Educational Needs of Youth Exposed to the Juvenile Justice System

December 2016

The third edition of NDTAC's Transition Toolkit brings together strategies, existing practices, and updated resources and documents on transition to enable administrators and service providers to provide high-quality transition services for children and youth moving into, through, and out of education programs within the juvenile justice system. The strategies are categorized by facility-centered activities, youth-centered activities, family-centered activities, and community/systems-centered activities across all four stages of transition.