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Juvenile Justice Model Data Project
November 6, 2017
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research arm of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is leading the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project (MDP) that is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The project aims to improve the quality and consistency of juvenile justice data both nationally and across states and jurisdictions...
NCJFCJ and UNR celebrate our new sign
November 2, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) celebrated the installation of its downtown office exterior sign in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). The office is located at 300 East Second Street, a Basin Street Properties building. “On behalf of the NCJFCJ Board of Directors, members nationwide, and staff in Reno and Pittsburgh, we are honored to continue...
Dutch Bros Official Coffee of the NCJFCJ
November 1, 2017
Dutch Bros Coffee, an Oregon-based coffee company, has partnered with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) as their official coffee sponsor. Through their Love Abounds Foundation, Dutch Bros Coffee has donated one-year’s worth of coffee including Keurig machines to the NCJFCJ for conferences and meetings across the country. “All of us at Dutch Bros Coffee and Love...
Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
October 31, 2017
Publication Improves Court Practice in Indian Child Welfare Act Cases The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook to improve court practice for judges in handling Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 to address the widespread practice of...
Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
October 13, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) congratulates Pennsylvania family court Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, who has been named the recipient of the 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to a state court judge by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Judge Clark has earned a national reputation for transforming the way...
Juvenile Probation
August 21, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) passed a resolution supporting the commitment to juvenile probation systems that conform to the latest knowledge of adolescent brain development. Current research on adolescent brain development is key in juvenile and family court judges’ understanding, anticipating and responding to the behavior of adolescents by holding them...
LGBTQ Youth
August 17, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards: one with principles and best practices to ensure that LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom are treated with respect, and one addressing adolescent development in delinquency proceedings. The bench card, Access...
QIC Domestic Violence in Child Weldare
August 16, 2017
In 2016, the Children’s Bureau/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the national Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) to test interventions to improve how child welfare agencies and their partners work with families experiencing domestic violence. Become a Research and Capacity Building Project The QIC-DVCW announces an opportunity to apply...
NCJFCJ Resolves to Address Homeless Youth and Families
August 7, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recently passed a resolution at its 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. addressing the needs and issues of homeless youth and families in juvenile and family courts. The NCJFCJ recognizes that juvenile court judges have a responsibility and leadership role in their communities to care for and protect youth within their...
The Honorable Lori A. Dumas
August 3, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected the Honorable Lori A. Dumas of the First Judicial District, Court of Common Pleas, Family Division in Philadelphia, Penn. to its Board of Directors. As a judge who has served on the bench for more than 12 years, Judge Dumas is a consummate advocate for children, always aiming to render decisions that serve the “best...

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