Juvenile Justice

Understanding the Darknet

As the Internet continues to evolve, new layers populate where offenders commit criminal offenses. One such area is the Darknet. Participants will learn about the Darknet, how potential criminal activity is facilitated on the Darknet, and why this knowledge is crucial to investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases. Additionally, participants will learn how to access other locations on the Darknet.

Join the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center for the webinar, “Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can’t We Be More Like CSI?” on Thursday, October 10 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. CT. This presentation is designed for both medical and non-medical child abuse professionals. During the presentation, participants will explore the following topics:

Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can’t We Be More Like CSI?

A child abuse pediatrician will present an overview of the medical evaluation for suspected sexual abuse. The presenter will outline examples of the different roles between physician and nurse providers stressing the necessity of specialized training regardless of degree and the importance of participating in ongoing education and case review for quality assurance. The presenter will also discuss salient features of how the exam is performed, how to interpret findings, and when/how the collection of DNA/laboratory specimens are collected.

Webinar - From Child Welfare to the Juvenile Justice System: Disrupting the Abuse to Prison Pipeline For Girls

This webinar will examine how experiences of gendered violence create pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system, with an emphasis on crossover from the child welfare system into the juvenile justice system and how girls in the child welfare system are more susceptible to sexual exploitation.

The Essential Role of Juvenile Diversion

In 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began awarding grants to states seeking to revamp their juvenile diversion policies and practices, with the goal of reducing formal system contact, improving youth outcomes, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In this webinar, presenters will share lessons learned from this and other juvenile diversion improvement initiatives, including:

Webinar - A Day in the Life: How Exposure to Community Violence Affects Children

This webinar will describe the many risks of harm (short term and long term) for children exposed to violence in their community. As rates of violent crime continue to increase in many communities across the United States, child-serving professionals across all disciplines must gain greater insight into the damaging effects of exposure to these incidents, on the children who reside there. With a focus on the emotionally damaging nature of this exposure, outcome differences by race, gender, age, and the nature and frequency of community violence exposure will be discussed.

Fostering Hope and Healing - Role of Resource Parents in Supporting Family Recovery and Family Reunification in Family Treatment Courts

In this webinar, presenters will explore the important role of resource parents in supporting the family recovery and reunification process. Presenters will share their experiences in engaging resource parents in critical activities, including facilitating quality and frequent family time, co-parenting with the birth parent, and providing a trauma-informed approach. Additional technical assistance resources, including a pre-recorded video presentation, team discussion guide, and “Take Action” guides will also be provided to enhance learning.

Join the U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for the webinar, “Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in School,” on Wednesday, February 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET. During this webinar, participants will learn how schools and school personnel can meet the needs of children with incarcerated parents.

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