First read Chapters 7–8 in your Child Welfare and Child Protection textbook. Next, review key findings from the Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era textbook (found online through the FSCJ library website). Last, examine the following websites that focus on children of color in the child welfare system and policy issues in child welfare:
Children of Color in the Child Welfare System: Perspectives from the Child Welfare Community
Policy Issue: Child Welfare Strengthen—Child Welfare Service Delivery To Enhance Child and Family Well-Being
You will address the following topics and questions in your paper:
Outline key concepts related to juvenile delinquency and the juvenile court process. Explain the role of a Department of Juvenile Justice service worker (DJJ).
Describe various conditions that could lead to involvement in the juvenile justice system and how diverse family structures relate to risk assessment, juvenile delinquency, and child welfare. Analyze how particular factors (e.g., demographic characteristics, poverty, addiction, homelessness, violence, etc.) could affect children and place them at greater risk throughout life.
Explain the legal and judicial responses in juvenile delinquency cases and their association with welfare reform and systemic inequalities in child welfare and the juvenile justice system. Identify significant policy issues in child welfare and potential solutions and efforts that could lead to positive reform in child protection and the juvenile justice system.
Your paper will be a total of approximately four or more pages (double-spaced). You will include one additional page for references.