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Girls Center Newsletter

| NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women

Dear Friends, The holiday season is a time of reflection, celebration and gratitude. As 2009 comes to a close, there are constant reminders of the challenging times we face as a nation. Yet, as I personally reflect on the past year and we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women, I am inspired, full of hope and profoundly grateful.

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 17)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Hunter Smith, Linh Vuong, Vanessa Hisert, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

SDM News

| Children's Research Center

Structured Decision Making News, Designing and Implementing a Screening and Response Time Assessment for Maryland Social Services Administration

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 16)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Vanessa Hisert, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

Implementation and Evaluation of Maryland Social Services Administration's Screening and Response Time Assessment

| Kristen Johnson, PhD, Moderated by Deirdre O'Connor

Maryland’s Social Services Administration sought to ensure reliable decision making among workers screening allegations of child maltreatment for further investigation by 1) developing a structured screening and response time assessment; 2) implementing the assessment statewide after piloting its use in a metropolitan region; and 3) evaluating the impact of implementation on screening decisions. Evaluation activities included reliability testing of the assessment, a qualitative review of screening decisions conducted before and after implementation of the assessment, and a survey of workers about the assessment and its implementation. Findings showed that the screening and response time assessment helped workers reach reliable decisions given the same information, and in combination with other decision supports, improved workers’ case narrative explaining screening and response time decisions.

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 15)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Tiffany Morris, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

SDM News

| Children's Research Center

Structured Decision Making News, Disproportionate Minority Representation in Child Welfare

Sexual Exploitation of Girls Position Statement

| NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women

Girls, many as young as 11-13 years old are victims in US commercial sex markets -- pornography, stripping, escort services and prostitution. They are forced into the sex trade against their will and subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The most common image of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation is one of individuals being smuggled across foreign borders or children being abducted from Third World countries and being forced into slave labor. These egregious crimes are indeed happening and warrant immediate action. But another less known or misunderstood form of this heinous crime is the domestic commercial sexual exploitation of girls and young women throughout the United States. The NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women (The Center) is deeply concerned about the failures of our system to identify and protect these girls and to let them fall through the cracks, open to the false promises of a "better life." 

North Carolina Risk Assessment Validation 2009: A Prospective Study

| Kristen Johnson, PhD, Andrea Bogie, MSW

This study examined the predictive validity of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services risk assessment.  Child protection workers complete the assessment to estimate the likelihood of future child maltreatment among families assessed by the agency. The objective was to assess how well the current risk assessment estimates future maltreatment and, if necessary, propose revisions to improve its classification abilities.

Attitudes of US Voters toward Nonserious Offenders and Alternatives to Incarceration

| Christopher Hartney, Susan Marchionna

In April, 2009, NCCD commissioned Zogby International to conduct a national public opinion poll about American voter attitudes toward our nation's response to nonviolent, nonserious crime. The results showed that striking majorities favor using methods other than incarceration to respond to nonserious crime. 

Girls Do Matter

| NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women

The increasing rates of girls entering the justice system and the complexity of the issues that impact the lives of young women, underscore the urgency and our obligation to advocate for meaningful reform. Despite research and evidence documenting gender differences in offending and pathways to delinquency, girls have been considered a low priority. Girls continue to be inappropriately placed in facilities and programs designed for boys or that emphasize razor wire over treatment. Consistently missing the mark, there is an epidemic of programs that are ill equipped to effectively address girls’ needs and tragically where girls are further victimized or traumatized.

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 14)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Tiffany Morris, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.