NCJFCJ Celebrates 75 Years of Service

May 22, 2012


One of the oldest, largest, and most respected national judicial membership organizations, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), headquartered in Reno, Nev., celebrates 75 years of service today, May 22, 2012.

Formed to make a positive contribution to the well-being of children and families seeking justice, the organization was founded in Indianapolis by judges dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the nation’s juvenile courts, with the premise that every family and child should have access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice.

Today, the NCJFCJ provides training and technical assistance to courts across the United States and helps judges and related personnel serve children and families through research, the development of evidence-based practices, and data collection and dissemination. Every day, members of the NCJFCJ, nearly 2,000 judges, referees, commissioners, masters, and related professionals, confront a variety of juvenile and family related issues, including child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, family violence, and custody issues in family law cases. Well-trained, involved, and committed judges make a positive difference in the lives of children and families.

Currently, the NCJFCJ is working with Congress on legislation that strengthens the ability of judges and justice professionals to protect children, families, and victims of domestic violence. NCJFCJ supports the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its court training and supervised visitation, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Judicial Training for Child Abuse Personnel Programs. Congress is also working to pass the FY13 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill which continues the Safe Havens Program, VAWA Courts Program, and the OJJDP Child Abuse Training for Judicial Personnel Program that has helped courts in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago save $1.3 billion in averted foster care costs, while keeping children and families safe from abuse. NCJFCJ also supports Congressional action to maintain current funding levels for programs serving children and families and supporting research and statistics in OJJDP, OVW, and the Children’s Bureau; juvenile drug courts through the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program; a Juvenile Justice Court Improvement Project; expanding funding for the Tribal Court Improvement Project; and reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

Throughout 2012, the NCJFCJ will celebrate its milestone of 75 years with a series of events exploring the organization’s history, celebrating accomplishments in the field of juvenile and family justice, and framing the future of the organization. A celebration reception will be held on June 11 in Reno, Nev. For details regarding this event, please contact Jordan DeWeerd at or call 775-784-6856. Additionally, a national celebration will be held in conjunction with the NCJFCJ’s 75th Annual Conference in New Orleans. For details, please click here.