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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.

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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.

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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.

Guiding Principles

The Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles were developed by national experts in wide-ranging, relevant fields and are offered as a touchstone for leaders initiating and/or guiding new approaches to serving child and youth victims of crime. Guiding Principles can guide values discussions with stakeholders, structure community needs assessments, and assist community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.


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