17th Child Abuse and Neglect Institute: The Role of the Judge

June 3, 2013 to June 7, 2013
Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada Campus

The Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) was created to provide training in dependency court best practices for judicial officers. Offered as a highly interactive in-residence training program, CANI is aimed at judges who have been newly assigned to child abuse and neglect/dependency cases, or judges who have been presiding over these cases for some time and who want the latest information about best practice in this area.

This week-long program will be held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and will bring together local and national faculty to teach on core topics including: the role of the juvenile court judge; judicial leadership and ethics; federal child welfare legislation; substance abuse and permanency planning; medical issues in child abuse and neglect cases; child development, bonding and attachment, and trauma; ICWA and tribal-state court collaboration; former foster youth and reunified parents’ panels; interactive case scenario discussions.

The program will begin Monday, June 3 at approximately 8:00 am and will continue through early Friday afternoon, June 7. Each day (with the exception of Friday) is a full day, typically 8- 5pm with a lunch break. Please note that CANI is most effective when participants attend every day. If you are unable to attend the full program, please contact Julianna Ormsby to discuss future CANI opportunities.


This Institute is designed to be a small, interactive training for judicial officers only. Space is limited to 50 participants and applications will be reviewed with an eye towards keeping CANI geographically diverse by enrolling participants representing state and tribal courts from across the US. Please note that we expect to host another CANI in Atlanta, September 23-27, 2013 (additional information will be available soon).  


The deadline for registering for this conference has passed. We are keeping a wait list in case any of the selected attendees are unable to attend. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please e-mail Elo Chaparro at echaparro@ncjfcj.org.

Cancellation Policy: The NCJFCJ will not deny admission to any program because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or religion. The NCJFCJ reserves the right to limit, cancel and/or refund registration on a case-by-case basis should circumstances require. Cancellations for conference registration must be made prior to May 3, 2013 for a full refund. Cancellations received after May 3 and before June 3 will incur a $100 administrative fee. No cancellations for refund will be accepted after the start of the conference.

For additional information, please contact Julianna Ormsby, (775) 784-6222 or jormsby@ncjfcj.org.


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