NCJFCJ's Implementation Sites Project


About the Implementation Sites Project

The purpose of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Implementation Sites Project is to build on the success of our Model Courts Project by engaging selected jurisdictions in cutting-edge program, policy, and initiative development to reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the outcomes for children in care.

The Implementation Sites Project seeks to accomplish its goals through guiding and assisting Lead Judges and collaborative team members in assessing current practice, implementing best practices outlined in the Enhance Resource Guidelines, gathering data, measuring performance, and participating in ongoing training opportunities.

Recent News

Implementation Sites Profiles[1]

Location: Montgomery, Alabama in Montgomery County 
Lead Judge: Judge Anita L. Kelly[2]
Type of Court: Urban/Suburban
Population: 230,148
Number of Judicial Officers[3]3 judges and 1 referee
Number of Cases: 411
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 166
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Before initial
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: Memphis, Tennessee in Shelby County
Lead Judge: Judge Dan Michael[2]
Type of Court: Urban
Population: 940,764
Number of Judicial Officers[3]6
Number of Cases: 1,011
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 1,032
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Before initial
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Allegheny County
Lead Judge: Judge Kim B. Clark[2]
Type of Court: Urban
Population: 1.2 million
Number of Judicial Officers[3]15 judges and 3 judicial officers
Number of Cases: 1,758
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 1,313
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma in Tulsa County 
Lead Judge: Judge Doris L. Fransein[2]
Type of Court: Urban
Population: 622,409
Number of Judicial Officers[3]2
Number of Cases: 958
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 1,955
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Pre-adjudication
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Pre-adjudication

Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas in Garland County 
Lead Judge: Judge Wade Naramore[2]
Type of Court: Rural/Suburban
Population: 97,173
Number of Judicial Officers[3]1
Number of Cases: 78
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 131
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: Edinburg, Texas in Hidalgo and Star Counties 
Lead Judge: Judge Carlos Villalon, Jr.[2]
Type of Court: Rural/Suburban
Population: 836,000
Number of Judicial Officers[3]1
Number of Cases: 360
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 770
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas in Pulaski County
Lead Judge: Judge Joyce Williams Warren[2]
Type of Court: Urban/Suburban
Population: 393,400
Number of Judicial Officers[3]: 3
Number of Cases: 344
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 669
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota in Ramsey County
Lead Judge: Judge Mark Ireland[2]
Type of Court: Urban
Population: 520,152
Number of Judicial Officers[3]3
Number of Cases: 221
How Many Children Out-of-Home: 297
When Do Children Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing
When Do Parents Get Appointed Counsel: Initial hearing

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