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Childhood maltreatment is a strong indicator for future juvenile justice involvement for any youth; however, female youth are particularly vulnerable. Though the population of female youth involved in the delinquency system is often smaller than that of males, a disproportionately high number of these young women are dually involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Despite their increased need for more intensive services and coordinated case planning, dually involved female youth frequently slip through the cracks and ultimately do not receive the support they need from either system.
This report is a culmination of over two years of work by Advocates for Children and Youth to better understand the needs of dually involved girls in Maryland and to improve their outcomes. The recommendations within are rooted in research, input from stakeholders from across the state, and – most importantly – the direct experiences of the young women themselves.