News Archive

May 15, 2012
By Alicia Summers, Ph.D., Steve Wood, MS, Jennifer McClellan, Jesse Russell, Ph.D. Background In partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the NCJFCJ conducted a judicial workload assessment in Washington State. The assessment identified Spokane County as having adequate judicial resources to meet current workload demands and conduct thorough hearings. Spokane utilizes...
May 10, 2012
By Alicia Summers, Ph.D.; Stephanie Macgill, MPA; Jesse Russell, Ph.D.; Steve Wood, MA Background The King County Parent to Parent Program (P2PP) engages parents early in the dependency process through education and peer support from “veteran” parents who have previously navigated the child welfare system. P2PP encourages parents to be active in the dependency process and has the potential to...
May 10, 2012
NCJFCJ member judges across the nation dedicate their passion and energy to ensure the safety, permamency, and well-being of children in the foster care system. The NCJFCJ is actively working to reduce the over representation of children of color and the disparate treatment they and their families experience in the foster care system. To learn more about our work in the foster care system, click...
May 8, 2012
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, 2012. This year's observance will promote recovery and resilience for children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. OJJDP, SAMHSA, and partnering agencies will...
May 1, 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.   1993 - The State Court Improvement Program (CIP) was created as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.   ...
April 19, 2012
On April 18, 2012 in Washington, D.C., Vice President Biden convened over a hundred and fifty leading national advocates to listen to six distinguished panelists, including the Honorable Karen Adam, Presiding Judge of the Pima County Juvenile Court in Tucson, Arizona and a recent Trustee of the NCJFCJ, to discuss the importance of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Administration’s...
April 18, 2012
By Shawn Marsh, Ph.D. Differences Make a Difference Does diversity really matter? Although organizational diversity can be a complex and sensitive subject, the simple answer is a resounding “yes.”  Diversity means differences: differences in social categories, differences in values, and differences in perspective/information. Under the right circumstances, differences help organizations acquire...
April 12, 2012
By Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. The law deals fundamentally with human behavior.  It deals with choices people make – to do right or wrong, to lie or tell the truth.  It deals with perceptions and memories – what color shirt was the mugger wearing?  It deals with decision making – should I vote guilty or not guilty?[1]  Our brains are remarkably efficient. But what price do we pay for efficiency?...
April 10, 2012
The NCJFCJ in partnership with the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women introduces a new Supervised Visitation Program Resource! SafeHavensOnline.org   This interactive website provides up-to-date information for grantees, non-grantees, community partners, judges, advocates, visitation providers, and units of government on all aspects of this important grant program.   We...
April 10, 2012
By Judge Steven Teske [Note: this article was originally published on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange] I attended the recent annual conference of the NCJFCJ to give the closing plenary about judicial leadership off the bench. Immediately before my closing, I attended a workshop on truancy led by Judge Joan Byer of Louisville, Ky., and Dr. Shawn Marsh of the NCJFCJ. They offered some great...

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