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23rd Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Institute

June 11, 2019 to June 14, 2019
Reno, Nevada

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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, 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. 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 CANI.  

CANI is held annually in Reno, NV in June. 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
  • Important Federal laws and regulations
  • Domestic violence and reasonable efforts in dependency cases
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and state-tribal collaboration
  • Substance abuse and permanency planning
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Medical issues in child abuse and neglect
  • Implementation of the new Enhanced Resource Guidelines

Each day is a full day, typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Friday, which concludes at 11:30 a.m. 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. The NCJFCJ seeks a geographically diverse group of participants representing state and tribal courts. 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.



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Click here to register for CANI 2019. There is no registration fee for this program. Participating judges will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, and other costs. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Please contact Camille Glanzmann at cglanzmann@ncjfcj.org or (775) 507-4861 for more information or to be added to the waitlist.



CANI is currently pending approval from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Please do not make any travel arrangements (except securing time away from your position) until you receive confirmation from the registrar that OJJDP approval has been received.

The NCJFCJ will have a room block reserved at a local hotel with rooms available for participants at the government rate. A reservation link will be shared with accepted participants.



Please contact the registrar Camille Glanzmann at cglanzmann@ncjfcj.org or (775) 507-4861 if you have any questions.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-CT-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website/publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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