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Jeanne Karadanis
May 23, 2018
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has re-elected Jeanne Karadanis, a lifelong humanitarian, to the Board of Directors for a second term.“We are thrilled that Jeanne will continue her tenure on the Board of Directors,” said Joey Orduna Hastings, NCJFCJ CEO. “Her work and philanthropy began in our hometown headquarters of northern Nevada, but since joining the board...
April 8, 2018
This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed on April 8-14 and it will embrace the theme Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. The goal of this theme is to address how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims. This...
Blue pinwheels
April 6, 2018
  Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by a Presidential proclamation. It is an opportunity to highlight a system of care for those children victimized and traumatized by abuse. It is an opportunity to pause from daily routines and acknowledge participants in the child welfare system who are committed to promoting the social development and...
Gavel on piles of money
April 5, 2018
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recently passed a resolution at its 2018 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in San Diego addressing to reduce or eliminate the hardships associated with fines, fees, and costs in juvenile courts. In 2014, juvenile and family courts handled an estimated 975,000 delinquency cases. With the delinquency caseloads more than...
Judge Richard J. FitzGerald
March 8, 2018
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced today that the nonprofit organization would start a memorial scholarship fund in honor of the nationally recognized leader and juvenile and family law pioneer, Judge Richard J. FitzGerald. In honor of Judge FitzGerald’s enduring legacy of teaching judges and court professionals about judicial leadership and collaborative...
Devin Reaves
January 12, 2018
Our nation is grappling with the opioid epidemic that is killing 144 people a day. The criminal justice system and specifically specialty courts are on the front line of that epidemic; adjudicating individuals with substance use disorders and interfacing directly with their families.   Devin Reaves, MSW, is a person living in recovery since 2007. He is a community organizer and grassroots...
NCJFCJ Logo
January 9, 2018
Military families, drug treatment and domestic violencecontinue to be key focuses The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced today that it has received 24 new and supplemental awards providing more than $11.2 million in additional funding; the second highest amount in the organization’s history. The NCJFCJ is devoted to ensuring justice and improving outcomes for...
Learning Collaborative Project
January 8, 2018
The NCJFCJ is excited to announce a unique opportunity to test the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Guidelines (Guidelines), released in 2016 by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, in sites participating in the JDTC Learning Collaborative. This means that the selected sites will be evaluated by an independent research organization to determine if JDTCs and the...
Young girl on a bridge
January 5, 2018
Through trainings, publications, and resolutions, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) works year round to improve the judiciary’s understanding of and response to domestic child sex trafficking (DCST). This January, the NCJFCJ recognizes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month as an opportunity to call attention to the issue of DCST and the judiciary’...
Don Gimbel
December 12, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Don Gimbel, portfolio manager for Geneva Advisors, LLC to their Board of Directors. Gimbel has more than 45 years of experience working in financial strategy, global assets, and investment management. Gimbel began his career at Loeb Rhoades & Co. and was the first U.S. stockbroker to specialize in developing...

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