The NCJFCJ Congratulates 2014 Champion for Change Judge Sheri Capes Roberts

December 16, 2014

On Monday, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) member Judge Sheri Capes Roberts of Newton County (Ga.) Juvenile Court received one of four prestigious Champions for Change awards for juvenile justice leaders from the MacArthur Foundation. Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities. Champions have helped pave the pathways away from delinquency and re-offending, and build young people's potential to lead successful lives and create positive relationships.
Judge Roberts is known for a holistic approach addressing the needs of the entire family in a youth’s case. Her work with dual-status youth — those involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare system — is part of the influential Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center’s Dual Status Youth Practice Network. The Newton County dual-status work also is supported by MacArthur. Roberts also serves as a member of the Delinquency Court Improvement Initiative of the NCJFCJ. She received the Lucy Louisa Flower Champion for Change award, whose work led Cook County, Ill., to establish the first juvenile court to hear cases of children under 16 in 1899.
Watch the video below for a profile on Judge Roberts and her outstanding work in the juvenile justice field.

NCJFCJ President Judge Peggy Walker of the Juvenile Court of Douglas County (Ga.) and Director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the NCJFCJ's research division, Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D. also attended the annual Champions for Change Awards dinner to support Judge Roberts.

Judge Walker, Judge Roberts, and Sickmund at the annual Champions for Change Awards dinner

(left to right) Judge Walker, Judge Roberts, and Sickmund.

The three other honorees at the annual dinner include: Next Generation Champion Hernan Cervante, Local Leadership Champion John S. Ryals, Jr., and State Leadership Champion Judge George William Timberlake (Ret.).

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