18th Child Abuse and Neglect Institute: The Role of the Judge

June 2, 2014 to June 6, 2014
Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno

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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 field.

This week-long program 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; implicit bias; domestic violence; substance abuse and permanency planning; medical issues in child abuse and neglect cases; child development, bonding, attachment, and trauma; ICWA and tribal-state court collaboration; a  former foster youth panel; and interactive case scenario discussions.

Each day (with the exception of Friday) is a full day, typically 8:00- 5:00 p.m. 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 us to discuss future CANI opportunities.


This program is designed to be a small, interactive training for judicial officers only. Space is limited to 50 participants while keeping CANI geographically diverse by enrolling participants representing state and tribal courts from across the U.S. Please consider all judges in your state, including tribal judges, who may benefit from attending CANI. The NCJFCJ can assist in identifying tribal judges in your jurisdiction.


Registration opens on Monday, June 2nd at 7:45 a.m. with the Institute concluding on Friday, June 6th at 12:15 p.m. It's recommended that you plan your departing flight after 1:30 p.m. on Friday so that you can maintain your commitment to attend all sessions throughout the program. 

The program will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno, Continuing Education Building located at 1041 N. Virginia Street, 1st floor.

The registration fee is $695 and includes all educational seminars and training materials. Please note: The registration fee does not include travel expenses. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and costs.

To register online for the conference, please click here, or to download a fillable PDF to complete and email, or print and return by mail/fax, please click here

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 15, 2014 for a full refund. Cancellations received after May 15 and before June 2 will incur a $100 administrative fee. No cancellations for refund will be accepted after the start of the conference.

For additional information, please contact Deena Meadors at dmeadors@ncjfcj.org or by phone at (775) 784-6971.


Hotel arrangements can be made at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Single/double occupancy rooms are available at a rate of $69 Sunday - Thursday and $93 Friday and Saturday. Rates are subject to taxes and fees. Please call (800) 687-8733 and reference CANI14 to book. Early hotel reservations are strongly recommended as a limited number of rooms have been reserved at the reduced rate. Reservations must be booked before May 15, 2014 to receive reduced rate.


Airport transfer - The Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is located approximately four miles from the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The Silver Legacy provides a free shuttle to and from the airport. The shuttle departs from the airport on the quarters of the hour from 5:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Upon your arrival to the airport, proceed to the baggage claim area and follow the signage directing you to the general airport shuttle area to board the Silver Legacy shuttle. To view additional parking and shuttle services information, please click here.

Training transportation - The NCJFCJ headquarters is located an estimated 13 minute walk from the Silver Legacy. The RTC Sierra Spirit is a free shuttle that runs from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily every 15 minutes and loops around the Reno downtown area and University of Nevada, Reno campus. Participants should catch the shuttle in front of the Silver Legacy and exit the shuttle in front of the Continuing Education Building. For additional information, please click here. To view and print the RTC Sierra Spirit schedule and route information, please click here.


The dress is business casual for the training. Since, undoubtedly the training room temperatures will vary, a light sweater or jacket may be a good thing to bring to weather the indoor climates.


For assistance, please contact Eloisa Chaparro, Planning Specialist, at echaparro@ncjfcj.org or (775) 784-1550.

We look forward to seeing you in Reno!


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