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Reentry & Transitions

Youth involved in the juvenile justice system face significant barriers, especially as they are returning to the community from detention or longer‐term incarceration at a juvenile rehabilitation facility. It’s not unusual for these youth to face ongoing challenges in many aspects of their lives – at home, in their neighborhoods, and at school. 

These resources are designed to help young people and their advocates plan for smooth transitions and long-term success. They were created as part of TeamChild’s community awareness efforts as a partner in the LEAP juvenile reentry initiative. 

Click on the image links to download these resources. You can find all of these toolkits as well as companion presentations on the Juvenile Rehabilitation's LEAP Project page.

Common Challenges for Youth Returning from Secure Confinement

This toolkit offers strategies for overcoming challenges facing youth who are returning to their communities after a period of incarceration.  Looking for housing strategies, trying to address disruptions in education, or want to ensure continued health and mental health care coverage?  Click on the image link below for your copy of the toolkit.

Issue Spotting and Overcoming Education Barriers

This comprehensive field guide provides information on school records, educational services while incarcerated, enrollment and transition after release from incarceration, attendance and truancy, special education services and school discipline.  It is outlined in an easy to use question & answer format.

Special Education Transition Planning

This toolkit offers advocacy strategies for youth and young adults with disabilities and juvenile justice involvement.

Meeting Substance Abuse and Mental Health Needs

This report includes an overview of the publicly funded behavioral health systems in Washington State, as well as recommendations for helping youth access substance abuse and mental health services.


Employer Toolkit

The toolkit outlines financial incentives for employers, offers suggestions on interviewing and hiring youth with juvenile justice involvement, and outlines basic information on understanding criminal history.

“Labeled” Video

TeamChild staff produced this video to increase community awareness around the educational barriers facing youth transitioning out of detention and long‐term incarceration. The video captures the experiences of youth, including those recently released from incarceration, and their educational goals and challenges.  This video posted here is an abridged version of the original.  Many thanks to JRA staff for the preparation of this abridged version.