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Call for Applications Open for NCJFCJ's Implementation Sites Project

January 31, 2019


Enhanced Resource GuidelinesThe National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is pleased to invite applicants from state and tribal dependency court(s) to apply to participate in the Implementation Site Project.

The NCJFCJ, with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has been partnering with courts across the country since 1992 to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families. The NCJFCJ will be selecting six (6) sites to participate in the project. There is no direct funding available to participating sites. However, the six sites that are selected will receive training, technical assistance, and support from NCJFCJ staff. The six courts will join 21 other state and tribal jurisdictions that are currently part of the project.



The six (6) selected implementation sites will receive individualized assessments, training, and technical assistance as they seek to implement the principles and recommendations set forth in the Enhanced Resource Guidelines and work toward improving practices and outcomes. As part of this effort, the new Implementation Sites will be expected to be “laboratories for change” as they will be participating in an ongoing assessment of their performance and they will be expected to share their results with the NCJFCJ and other sites in order to inform and sustain a larger system improvement effort.

The NCJFCJ will select the six (6) new implementation sites based on the following criteria:

  • Tribal or state courts (a combination of tribal and state courts will be selected)
  • Region or location (a mix of rural, suburban, and urban courts)
  • Size of jurisdiction (a mix of small, medium, and large)
  • Readiness for change (ability to assess current court practices and infrastructure; the existence of collaborative efforts and/or a willingness to form collaborative structures; and the readiness and openness of the court and stakeholders to participate in the change process)
  • The ability to access and analyze data and/or the willingness to examine current data systems and processes.

For more information including application guidelines, frequently asked questions, and to register for an optional informational webinar (applicants may choose to register for one of two sessions scheduled on February 11th or 14th), download the application packet.

Download the Application Packet


Deadline to Apply is March 1

Please submit applications by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT and applicants will be selected and notified by March 8, 2019.

To preview the questions, click here to download a copy of the application.

The NCJFCJ will be hosting a Lead Judges Meeting on May 15, 2019, followed by an All-Sites Meeting on May 16-17, 2019 in Reno, Nev. Selected applicants will be encouraged to attend.

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For more information about the Implementation Sites Project or the application process, please contact Adrea Korthase at