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Are Those Cookies for Me or My Baby? Understanding Detained and Incarcerated Teen Mothers and Their Children

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‘This article describes the barriers to understanding and meeting the needs of detained and incarcerated teen mothers and their children and suggests strategies for overcoming these barriers. The barriers include impaired research access, insufficient programs and services, and improper conditions of confinement. The author presents a blueprint of girl-specific strategies for improving services, such as the administration of a needs-based intake screening and assessment. Exemplary programs from around the nation are cited and their methods described. The article provides a comprehensive plan for systemic change that can be effected by judges, lawyers, programs, administrators, and other juvenile justice professionals.’ [article abstract]