Produced by the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s School-Justice Partnership Program, this series explores the challenges experienced by parents and other caregivers of youth with behavioral health needs in the school context, and how effective family and youth engagement can help overcome these challenges. Episodes share firsthand reflections on the barriers to engagement from the parent, school, and provider perspectives, and discuss strategies to improve youth outcomes by making authentic connections.

The series is composed of three episodes:

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this podcast. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

These podcast episodes should be viewed as a reference. They have not been updated since publication. In addition, these podcast episodes do not have a transcript. If you would like a transcript of these podcast episodes, please email

This podcast was first shared in 2017.