News Archive

December 4, 2012
Throughout the month of December, the NCJFCJ hosted a series of webinars designed around Dependency Court Best Practices. Click a title below to view the webinar. Engaging Children in Court – December 5, 12pm (PST) – Presenters: Andrea Khoury, JD, American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law; Elizabeth Whitney Barnes, JD, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges The NEW...
November 27, 2012
By Alicia Summers, Steve Wood, Jesse Russell, and Stephanie Macgill In 2011-2012, the NCJFCJ evaluated a parent-mentor program in King County, Washington. The program, called the Parent to Parent Program, matched parents new the juvenile dependency court process with mentor parents who had successfully reunified with their children. The NCJFCJ assessment evaluated the Parent to Parent Program in...
November 13, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division recently filed suit in Mississippi alleging violation of the rights of juveniles appearing in court. Prior to this filing, DOJ also conducted a review of the Shelby County Juvenile Court in Memphis, Tennessee. Numerous violations of rights were found. The court cooperated with the DOJ investigation. Click here to view the report which...
November 1, 2012
The NCJFCJ is proud to support National Adoption Month. Each year, an average of 400,000 children are in foster care. National Adoption Month, an initiative of the Children's Bureau in partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, is a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The focus of this year's initiative is National Adoption...
October 29, 2012
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released three fact sheets on delinquency cases in junveile and criminal courts. The data was collected by the National Juvenile Court Data Archive which is maintanied by the National Center for Juvenile Justice and funded by OJJDP. Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2009 presents statistics on delinquency cases that U.S. courts with...
October 25, 2012
Richard Ross’ Juvenile-In-Justice Project, currently featured as an exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art, gained national recognition today from the Associated Press. The exhibit includes 50 photographs of juveniles housed in facilitles across the U.S. Ross spent five years traveling the country, interviewing and photographing the conditions that youth encounter in the justice system. On October 5...
October 24, 2012
Judicial ethics advisory opinions are fact-specific and address issues related to the future conduct of judges. This compilation contains selected judicial ethics advisory opinions that address community participation by judges to end domestic violence. An effort was made to include advisory opinions from every state; however, those states that are missing from this addendum either did not have...
October 15, 2012
In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we're highlighting some ground-breaking events in the field of juvenile and family justice that have helped shape our organization's mission to provide every family and child with access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice. The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care (CCC) initiative was developed in 2008 by the NCJFCJ’s...
October 10, 2012
During the month of October, NCJFCJ and thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month activities throughout the country to educate and involve communities on the importance of taking action to end the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system.  In 2003 NCJFCJ passed a resolution on the issue of waiver to adult...
October 5, 2012
By: NCJFCJ Research Team Background: The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, developed and piloted a judicial workload study method that accounts for dependency practice complexity and hearing quality. In 2011, the judicial workload calculation was used to determine judicial workload across Washington State. For reports on these efforts, please click...

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