• New Report! Safely Home - Juvenile justice systems can support the highest need youth and families, build ways for youth to be accountable and understand consequences without resorting to incarceration.

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  • On any given day, more than 400,000 kids in the child welfare system live apart from their families in residential treatment centers or foster care.

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  • On any given day, over 70,000 youth are incarcerated.

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  • The Campaign worked with partner organization National Juvenile Justice Network to create this tip sheet.

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  • Youth of color are overrepresented in out-of-home placements.

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  • Over 6.7 million youth are disconnected from school and work.

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  • In 2010, nearly 4,000 young people ages 14-24 were killed by gun violence.

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  • The savings from bringing one youth home from institutional placement can help 3-6 high-risk youth in their homes and communities.

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The Safely Home Campaign is a nationwide movement to safely care for all youth and young adults in their home communities and with their families by reducing and preventing unnecessary out-of-home placements and creating safer, more supportive communities for at-risk young people.

The overarching objective is for young people (ages 0-25), especially the most marginalized young people, to live safely in less restrictive environments with a combination of individualized supports and supervision that meet even the most complex needs of youth and young people under the care of the child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health systems and other government agencies.

This Campaign advocates for governments to redirect funds from costly and less successful congregate facilities such as secure detention, residential treatments centers, group homes, shelters to community programs that improve individual accomplishment, family cohesion and community capacity while reducing risk and recidivism.


New Report! Safely Home
Juvenile justice systems can support the highest need youth and families, build ways for youth to be accountable and understand consequences without resorting to incarceration.       MORE

Campaign Goals


Educate policymakers, advocates and the public about the effects and consequences of congregate care for youth, young adults and their families. Inform policymakers, advocates and the public of the value of keeping youth in their communities and effective strategies that work to support youth safely in their homes.
Change practices and incentives so that keeping youth with their families and in their communities is the norm and out-of-home placements the alternative.
Capture savings from reducing out-of-home placements and redirect them to community-based programs.
Create continuums of family-focused, neighborhood based, flexible, individualized services for high-risk youth and families in every community.
Implement culturally competent community-based programs to bring minority youth back to a supportive community.
Address underlying needs of high-risk youth and their families in an effort to strengthen families and communities.
Help high-risk youth achieve personal and social success while building safer communities.