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TIME Article Featuring Steering Member Aswad Thomas


To improve responses to child and youth victims and their families by providing consistent, coordinated responses that address the presenting issues and full range of victims' needs.

Current Victim Services

Currently, the systems of care charged with caring for children and families are fragmented. Consequently, youth and families enter through several "wrong doors" before finding or receiving adequate services that meet their needs as victims. This approach may cause undue frustration for youth and families at a time when they need the most support.

Unlinked Services Chart

Linking Systems of Care
Guiding Principles

I. Healing Individuals, Families, and Communities

Linked Systems of Care communities are concerned with the healing of individuals, families, and communities who have experienced or have been exposed to violence.

II. Linked Systems of Care

All systems of care are connected and aspire to maximize collective impact through communication, collaboration, and coordination.

III. Informed Decision Making

Linked Systems of Care provide as much information as possible to families and practitioners so that the most targeted, holistic, safe, and effective interventions are available.

Linked Services Chart


The goal of the Linking Systems of Care project is to formally integrate those systems, by implementing a "no wrong door" approach to equip all systems of care to respond effectively to victims of crime. This approach ensures that these young victims and their families are set on a path toward healing in a timely and thoughtful way.

Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth

The Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (LSC) is a demonstration project designed to support and document the work of statewide initiatives as they promote healing for victims of crime by developing and coordinating trauma-informed prevention and intervention services for these children and youth and their families.

Four states—Illinois, Montana, Ohio, and Virginia—were selected in a competitive process to participate in planning and implementing reforms. Demonstration projects are intentionally designed to document the work of pioneering communities, which are supported by funding and national experts.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Montana Board of Crime Control Logo Vision 21 Virginia Logo Dave Yost Ohio Attorney General ICJIA