PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October. PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.
This research brief focuses on the importance of family engagement in youths’ experience in the facility and their reintegration into society. The report introduces the Family-youth Initiative, a collaboration between PbS and the Family Justice Program of the Vera Institute of Justice, and discusses survey results from family members and social supports as well as youth and staff perspectives about family engagement.