Child Abuse and Neglect Institute

September 30, 2013 to October 4, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia

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 area.

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; substance abuse and permanency planning; medical issues in child abuse and neglect cases; child development, bonding and attachment, and trauma; ICWA and tribal-state court collaboration; former foster youth and reunified parents’ panels; and interactive case scenario discussions.

The program is slated to begin on Monday, September 30th at approximately 8:00 a.m. and will continue through noon, Friday, October 4th. 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 and applications of interest will be reviewed with an eye towards keeping CANI geographically diverse by enrolling participants representing state and tribal courts from across the US. Please consider all judges in your state, including tribal judges, that may benefit from attending CANI. The NCJFCJ can assist in identifying tribal judges in your state.


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. 

Registration in now closed.

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 August 30, 2013 for a full refund. Cancellations received after August 30 and before September 30 will incur a $100 administrative fee. No cancellations for refund will be accepted after the start of the conference.

For additional information, please contact please e-mail Deena Meadors at or by phone at (775) 784-6971.


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