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Dual Status Task Force Releases Report on Youth Involved in Both Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

On December 10, 2021, the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families released the Dual Status Task Force Final Report, with recommendations regarding youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The task force, appointed by the commission at the request of the Texas Judicial Council, met for 18 months. The report adopts the terms "dual status" and "dual system" to describe youth who are also known as "crossover youth." The task force makes recommendations on data gathering; training of judges, staff, and attorneys; tools and resources; and new practices in an effort to improve outcomes for dual status youth. The report is just the first step toward a coherent statewide approach. To read the report, click here.


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