21st Child Abuse and Neglect Institute

21st Child Abuse and Neglect Institute

June 12, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Reno, Nevada
Please contact Kimberley Toepfer-Bochsler at ktbochsler@ncjfcj.org or 775-507-4861 for more information.
The Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) was created in 1996 to provide training in dependency court best practices for judicial officers. This week-long program brings together national and local faculty to teach on core topics including hearing practice, child development, substance abuse, and cutting-edge court improvement developments, among other topics. Offered as a highly interactive in-residence training program, the 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. The CANI affords judges an opportunity to share their bench experiences and practice skills, as well as develop long-lasting collegial relationships, which support information-sharing well after participants have graduated from the CANI. The CANI is held annually in Reno, NV in June, and in one other location in the country as a regional CANI. We are also working with states/regions that want to develop their own CANI. We'd love to talk to you if this is something you'd like to explore. Please note that the agenda can change from year to year, based on schedule, availability, and other factors.
This week-long program will bring together local and national faculty to teach on core topics including: 
  • Individualized child welfare
  • Foster care alumni panel
  • Domestic child sex trafficking
  • 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
  • Implementation of the new Enhanced Resource Guidelines

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.


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.

Please contact Kimberley Toepfer-Bochsler at ktbochsler@ncjfcj.org or 775-507-4861 for more information.
There is no registration fee for this program. Registration is limited to 50 participants.
This conference is approved by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
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