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The Crossover Youth family often has a history of criminal behavior, domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse problems. As a result, Crossover Youth often experience numerous placements outside of the home.
Overall, Crossover Youth appear to enter the system when they are young children (through abuse, neglect and dependency) and remain in the system into and sometimes throughout adolescence.
The research also shows that there is an overrepresentation of females and African-Americans in the Crossover Youth population
Representatives from Mahoning County Juvenile Court and Mahoning County Children Services Board, as well as other service providers such as schools, residential placement facilities, mental health providers, police departments, and drug abuse treatment providers have been meeting for over a year with representatives from Georgetown University to review current practices in Mahoning County and to create appropriate practices to implement the Crossover Youth model.