Dependency Court Best Practices Webinar Series

December 31, 2012

This series of six webcasts addresses Dependency Court Best Practices. Click on a title below to view the recorded session.

Engaging Children in Court

Presenters: Andrea Khoury, JD, American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law; Elizabeth Whitney Barnes, JD, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

This webinar is an introduction to the newly released Seen, Heard, and Engaged: Children in Dependency Court Hearings technical assistance bulletin which was designed to provide information, guidance, and aspirational practice recommendations to dependency courts and dependency court judges with regard to bringing children to court for hearings related to their own dependency cases. This webinar includes information on best practice support for bringing children to court, the legal framework supporting children’s attendance at and participation in hearings, and concrete tools which will enable courts to successfully engage children of all ages in the hearing process.

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The New Resource Guidelines Sneak Peek 

Presenters: Honorable Patricia Escher (Ret.); Honorable Stephen Rubin (Ret.), Pima County Juvenile Court Administrator

The Resource Guidelines were the ground-breaking publication on judicial practice in child welfare cases when they were published in 1995. Since 1995, new laws have been passed, new practices have been developed, and a new lens supporting children and families, especially those of color has evolved in the child welfare system. The Resource Guidelines enhancement process has revised the publication through a race equity lens, and will be published in 2013. Join us for a sneak peek to learn about what has been done so far and what is planned!

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Legal Orphans - Permanent Families

Presenter: Honorable Sharon McCully (Ret.)

This webinar introduces the new Technical Assistance Bulletin to be released in 2013 containing policy and practice recommendations to reduce the numbers of legal orphans aging out of foster care without permanent families. Judicial leadership, court practices, child welfare agency responses, and community partnerships will be discussed, with practical recommendations which will enable dependency courts and systems to assure permanent homes for many more legal orphans.

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Vision and Tools for 100% ICWA Compliance

Moderator: Honorable William Thorne, Utah Court of Appeals

Round-Table Participants:  Misty Butler, Utah Court Improvement Program; Dennis Perkins, Mississippi Administrative Office of the Courts; and Vida Casteneda, California Administrative Office of the Courts

The NCJFCJ has asked Model Courts, Court Improvement Programs (CIPs), judicial educators, and courts across the country to join in a vision of 100% Indian Child Welfare Act  (ICWA) Compliance. This webinar round-table discussion will focus on the importance of the law and understanding historical trauma, provide strategies to increase ICWA compliance performance through judicially-led collaborative problem-solving groups, and give an overview of baseline data collection and action planning tools.  

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Tribal-State Court Engagement and Collaboration: A Joint Jurisdictional Model

Presenters: Honorable Korey Wahwassuck, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court; Honorable John P. Smith, Cass County District Court, Minnesota

This webinar will focus on how tribal courts and state courts can work together to help children and families who experience the child welfare system. An example of a tribal-state joint jurisdiction court will be shared which has inspired others to begin to work together in innovative ways. The Cass/Itasca County/Leech Lake Tribal Wellness Court is the first tribal-state joint jurisdictional court in the U.S., serving as a model for intergovernmental cooperation. The court has been honored with the Harvard Honoring Nations Award, National Association of Drug Court Professionals Cultural Proficiency Courage Award 2012 and Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award by the National Criminal Justice Association, and 2012 County Achievement Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties.


Achieving Permanency Through Tribal-State Judicial Cooperation

Joint Tribal-State Jurisdiction in Family Dependency Cases: A New Model for Better Outcomes

Building a Legacy of Hope: Perspectives on Joint Tribal-State Jurisdictions

The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community is Threatened (Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding) 

Conference of Chief Justices Resolution to Encourage Greater Collaboration Between State Courts and Tribal Courts to Protect Native American Children

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Judicial Leadership Off the Bench

Presenters: Honorable Stephen Rubin (Ret.), Pima County Juvenile Court Administrator; Sophie Gatowski, Ph.D., Director, Systems Change Solutions, Inc.

The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, developed a national judicial leadership curriculum, designed to create a more sophisticated approach to off-the-bench judicial leadership and effective systems reform. Using current research on effective leadership, as well as guidance offered by some of the nation’s leading judicial educators (including judges themselves), this Curriculum focuses on specific areas of leadership development that form the basis for the development of effective leadership skills.  Please plan to join us to learn more about the Curriculum, including a demonstration of one of the Curriculum's seven leadership skill-building modules, and to learn how the curriculum can be delivered in your jurisdiction.  Faculty for this webinar are the Curriculum's co-author and co-lead faculty, Dr. Sophie Gatowski, and the Honorable Stephen M. Rubin (ret.), a judicial education consultant and co-lead faculty for the Curriculum.