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Childhood maltreatment is often a strong indicator for future juvenile justice involvement for any youth; however, female youth are particularly vulnerable. Advocates for Children and Youth is committed to making sustainable changes to policy and practice that help girls dually involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems live successful and stable lives.

We are leading a core group of committed stakeholders in developing a concrete action plan directed towards improving the treatment and service delivery for systems-involved girls. As this work continues, we will further research best practices, expand our base of supporters dedicated to advancing our recommendations, and galvanize state agencies, elected officials, and the public around the needs of dually involved girls.