News Archive

February 23, 2012
Note: This article submitted on behalf of the Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD) of the NCJFCJ Prior NCJFCJ research (Wood, Russell, Macgill, & Summers, under review) suggests that lower judicial workloads are related to timely permanency in juvenile dependency cases. Lower judicial workloads were associated with a higher percentage of juvenile dependency cases achieving...
February 16, 2012
For the third year, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the National Association of Counsel for Children, theNational Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Casey Family Programs, Rise Magazine, the National Center for State Courts, and the American Humane Association are working to promote nation-wide reunification celebrations.  This year we are promoting June as National...
February 13, 2012
In an article published by the Fayetteville Observer, NCJFCJ Board of Trustees member and former Charlotte Model Court Lead Judge Louis Trosch testified recently about how he works to prevent racial bias in his courtroom. Judge Trosch was called as a witness by lawyers in North Carolina’s first Racial Justice Act hearing. Lawyers for a death row inmate presented evidence to show that racism...
February 9, 2012
The Child Abuse and Neglect Institute was created in 1996 to provide training in dependency court best practices for judicial officers. This week-long program brings together national and local faculty to teach on core topics including hearing practice, child development, substance abuse, and cutting-edge court improvement developments, among other topics. Offered as a highly interactive in-...
February 9, 2012
By Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) and Hon. Patricia Martin, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Dr. Amy Castillo’s three children could and should be alive today. Dr. Castillo, a pediatrician, spent the first days of 2008 in Maryland District Court trying to get a protective order against her abusive husband Mark Castillo. Amy testified that her husband had been involuntarily admitted to a...
February 6, 2012
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Benjamin Adams, Research Associate, NCJJ, NCJFCJ] The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, most recently amended in 2002, established four custody-related requirements which States must agree to comply with in order to receive Formula Grants funds. The deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO) requirement prohibits secure...
February 3, 2012
In honor of our 75th Anniversary, each month we’re highlighting 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. 1959 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes that children need special...
February 1, 2012
NCJFCJ Board Member and President-Elect, Judge Michael Nash was featured today in the Los Angeles Times for opening court to media coverage unless a compelling case is made to close it in the best interest of the child. Click here to read the article in full.
January 30, 2012
On January 6, 2012, the domestic violence field lost one of its tireless pioneers and we lost one of our dearest friends – Dr. Ellen Pence. Ellen worked for more than 30 years to end violence in the lives of women and children. As co-founder of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN, she introduced a model of inter-agency collaboration that has been adopted in 50 states and...
January 24, 2012
[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Jessica Pearce, Projects Coordinator, Juvenile and Family Law Department, NCJFCJ] Underage drinking is an issue that doesn’t get much in attention in most communities…until there is a tragedy. And even in the face of an underage drinking tragedy, most communities find it difficult to develop a comprehensive strategy that will continue to be implemented...

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