Communities and systems that work to bring youth safely home have a greater impact than improving youth outcomes.

The right service for the right youth can strengthen families, build community capacity to help other youth in need, and prevent damaging disconnection from family and community.

The impact of bringing youth safely home also can positively affect individuals, businesses, communities and governments in unique and important ways.

Systems that emphasize bringing youth safely home through individualized services achieve the following results:

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Government agencies, especially those working with youth and young people in child welfare, behavioral health and juvenile justice systems can safely meet their missions.

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Kids and families stay together and achieve better outcomes

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Community-based programs that include culturally competent staff as a core principle can directly help reduce overrepresentation of youth of color in the system

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Youth and young people with complex needs can get the help they need even if they’ve been rejected for service from other agencies or providers

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Individual and community safety increases

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Community-based programs keep youth and jobs in the community

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Costs go down and communities can invest in building capacity for all youth and vulnerable populations

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Kids and families go from being recipients of services to contributors to their communities

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Youth and young people can avoid chronic disconnection from school and work that lead to expensive social and economic costs

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Systems can better respond to a youth’s underlying issues like trauma

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Typically underserved populations like girls and youth who identify as LGBTQ can receive services tailored to their unique needs, including creating safety plans or services related to sexual abuse