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Judith T. Horgan
June 26, 2017
(Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Judith T. Horgan to its Board of Directors. Horgan is a child advocate with a long history of involvement in the juvenile justice system. She founded Child Watch of Pittsburgh in 1992, bringing public awareness to the plight of children in the child welfare system. “Judith is a lifelong champion for...
The Honorable Karen Aileen Howze (Ret.)
June 13, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) has named District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Karen Aileen Howze (Ret.) as Judge-in-Residence. As the NCJFCJ’s Judge-in-Residence, Howze will work extensively on curriculum development across judicial engagement and education projects including comprehensive technical assistance to judges, justice for families, judicial...
Washoe County Judge Chuck Weller
June 8, 2017
Court security continues to be an important issue that many communities take for granted until the unthinkable happens. Most often we believe a test of court security will happen during a criminal case. However, far too often the unpredictable and emotionally charged family court cases are those that require a new examination of security. On June 12, 2006, the unthinkable happened in Reno,...
Statistical Briefing Book
May 18, 2017
Developed for OJJDP by the NCJFCJ's National Center for Juvenile Justice, the Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a...
 Sixto Cancel
May 18, 2017
  Sixto Cancel is the founder and CEO of Think of Us, a non-profit dedicated to leveraging technology to improve the life outcomes of foster youth aging out of the system.   In the spring of 2016, Sixto and his team co-organized and executed the first White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon. He has served as a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010, where he...
Ann Wilkinson
May 1, 2017
(Reno, Nev.) – Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s former deputy chief of staff, Ann Wilkinson, has been named the new National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) director of human resources. Most recently, Wilkinson served Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s administration as an agency executive and as a senior advisor. In her role as deputy chief of staff, Wilkinson’s work focused...
A Guide to the Guidelines Series: Practical Tips for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts to Implement
May 1, 2017
May is National Drug Court Month! The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) celebrates the success of adult drug courts, juvenile drug treatment courts, family dependency treatment courts, tribal healing to wellness courts, DWI courts, and veterans’ treatment courts across the U.S.  Juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) in particular serve a critical role in helping youth...
The Honorable David B. Katz
April 26, 2017
The Honorable David B. Katz, presiding judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County Thirty-four years ago in 1981, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by Presidential proclamation. It is fitting during National Child Abuse Prevention month that we pause from our daily routines to acknowledge all of the participants in our child welfare system who are committed to...
Gault at 50th Gala
April 26, 2017
Please join the National Juvenile Defender Center for the Gault at 50 Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children’s right to counsel.It is with great pleasure that the Defender Center is honoring Robert L. Listenbee, Former Administrator of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile...
The Intersection of Child Welfare and Domestic Violence
April 25, 2017
Written by: Elizabeth Stoffel, JD, Senior Program Manager, NCJFCJ and Kelly Ranasinghe, JD, Senior Program Attorney, NCJFCJ For more than 22 years the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) publication, the Resource Guidelines for Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, has been a touchstone for courts challenged with the complex task of confronting...

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