General Information


The 2016/2017 Resource Guide from the federal Administration on Children and Families offers support to service providers as they work with parents, caregivers, and children to prevent child maltreatment and promote social and emotional well-being. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development. Information about protective factors is augmented with tools and strategies that help providers integrate the factors into community programs and systems. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike will find resources in this guide to help them promote these important elements within their families and communities.

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The new resource guide is accompanied by several scenarios that can be used for training and discussion purposes, about how to apply the five protective factors, at, along with more than 20 tip sheets that are also provided in Spanish.

Juvenile Justice

A Family Guide to Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System

If your child is in the juvenile justice system, this guide is for you. This guide
was written by a team of family advocates and juvenile justice practitioners.
They created this guide to help you understand Pennsylvania’s juvenile
justice system and be better prepared to work closely with juvenile justice
staff to promote positive outcomes for your child.

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Building Bridges Between Your Court and Your Community

The Court and Community Collaboration Committee has prepared this
handbook under the direction of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief
Juvenile Probation Officers to fulfill the vision that communities and
juvenile courts throughout the Commonwealth will work together to
achieve the goals of Balanced and Restorative Justice. This handbook
details how community members and organizations can take an active
role in juvenile crime prevention through this partnership.

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Family Involvement in Pennyslvania's Juvenile Justice System

This monograph will serve as the beginning of an important
dialogue between all the partners – families, youth, victims and
system professionals – as was the case with the development
of the original Pennsylvania Balanced and Restorative Justice
Monograph. Its purpose is to identify and develop strategies
and models that will support family involvement in the juvenile
justice system in effective and measurable ways and that
are rooted within balanced and restorative justice practice.
Subsequent efforts will expand upon the myriad of issues this
monograph can only start to explore.

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Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement

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Mental Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA)
Youth Engagement Guidance:
Strategies, Tools, and Tips for Supportive and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Federal Government-Sponsored Meetings and Events

The purpose of this Guidance is to provide federal
staff and contractors with strategies, tools, and tips
for appropriately engaging youth in governmentsponsored
events and meetings in order to:

  •  Help ensure a positive, supportive, and meaningful experience for youth
  •  Support SAMHSA in gaining valuable input and perspectives from youth
  •  Demonstrate and role model best practices for engaging youth

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