Mission, Vision, and Diversity Statement

Mission Statement

The VISION of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is for a society in which every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice.

The MISSION of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.

As revised and adopted by the Board of Trustees at their Mid-Winter Meeting, January 28, 2009 in Reno, Nevada.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will seek to fulfill its MISSION through the following GOALS:

  • Improving the standards, practices, and effectiveness of the nation’s courts handling juvenile delinquency, family law, dependency, and domestic violence cases;
  • Providing training for judges and other professionals who serve in these courts;
  • Providing support for judges and other professionals through continuing education, research, publications, and technical assistance;
  • Providing technical support to court systems regarding their structure, management, and procedures;
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of national policy, standards, and procedures regarding children and families;
  • Acknowledging and upholding the rights of all parties and victims, the safety of all family members, and the safety of the community;
  • Informing the nation as to the work of the courts that hear juvenile delinquency, family law, dependency, and domestic violence cases.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees at their Annual Meeting, July 11, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

Diversity Statement

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (“NCJFCJ”) is committed to diversity in every aspect of its composition and in performing its mission. Diversity in the judiciary is vital to upholding public trust and confidence in the legal system. Diversity in this context refers to communities and individuals who are identified by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, or disability status. To achieve its mission and promote diversity, the NCJFCJ asserts its commitment to diversitythrough the following principles:
  • NCJFCJ will recruit membership and leadership which reflects the diversity of the children and families we serve.
  • NCJFCJ will provide educational and training programs, publications, and policy positions that are relevant and culturally-sensitive.
  • National policy and standards developed by NCJFCJ affecting courts will promote and encourage judges to be knowledgeable of diversity issues.
  • NCJFCJ will engage in recruitment practices and retention strategies to achieve a diverse staff.

Revised and Adopted by the Board of Directors, November 2015, Reno, Nevada.

Diversity Plan

During 2011-2012, NCJFCJ’s Chief Executive Officer and Diversity Committee developed a Diversity Plan for the organization. This Plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees during its Mid-Winter Meeting, January 19-20, 2012. This plan was revised and adopted by the NCJFCJ Board of Directors, November 13, 2015; and again in February 2017. Activities are now beginning and will address various components of the Plan. You may view the entire Diversity Plan by clicking on the link below.

NCJFCJ Diversity Plan