19th Child Abuse & Neglect Institute

June 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno

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: 

  • Judicial ethics and leadership
  • Individualized child welfare
  • Foster care alumni panel
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and state-tribal collaboration
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence and reasonable efforts in dependency cases
  • Medical issues in child abuse and neglect
  • Action planning

Each day (with the exception of Friday) is a full day, typically 8 a.m. to 5 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.


Judge Stephen M. Rubin (Ret.) and Judge R. Michael Key


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.


There is no registration fee for this program.

The registration for this program is closed. Please contact Kimberley Toepfer-Bochsler at ktbochsler@ncjfcj.org or 775-327-5829 for information on future CANI programs. For other educational opportunities, like the Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the 78th Annual Conference in Austin, please visit the calendar

This conference is pending approval from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Please do not purchase air tickets or make any other travel plans (except securing the time away from your position) until you have received confirmation of program approval from the NCJFCJ. Upon approval of OJJDP, you will be contacted immediately. 

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