NCJFCJ Board of Trustees Adopts Resolutions

March 30, 2012

During the Spring meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 21, 2012, the following three resolutions were adopted by the NCJFCJ:

Resolution Observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The NCJFCJ will observe June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and urges judges, lawyers, probation officers, social workers, domestic violence advocates, and other professionals to take steps to enhance the awareness of elder abuse and its impact on individuals in child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and domestic violence systems. Click here for the full text of the resolution.

Resolution regarding Juvenile Courts and Schools Partnering to Keep Kids in School and Out of Court. Research indicates zero tolerance and associated policies for school exclusion ultimately result in decreased academic achievement and increased involvement with the juvenile justice system, causing unintended harm. NCJFCJ encourages the juvenile justice system and community agencies to work collectively with schools to foster positive relationships with students and to promote attendance and academic success, and supports reducing school exclusion through judicially led collaborations coupled with intensive training, technical assistance, and public education. Click here to see the full resolution and NCJFCJ recommendations.

Resolution Calling for Judicial Action to Reduce the Number of Legal Orphans At Risk of Aging Out of Foster Care in the United States. The NCJFCJ recognizes dependency courts have continuing jurisdiction over children in foster care, and are required to oversee the child welfare system’s responsibility to provide for their safety, permanency, and well-being. The NCJFCJ is committed to reducing the number of legal orphans aging out of foster care every year, thereby reducing the poor outcomes they face, and believes that every child should have a permanent, legal relationship with a caring and safe adult. To view the full resolution, click here.