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Child Abuse and Neglect

The vision of the NCJFCJ is a society in which every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective and timely justice. To further this vision, the mission of the NCJFCJ is to inspire, educate, and support judicial officers and court system stakeholders through training, technical assistance, research, and policy development.

Every day, judges are faced with difficult decisions affecting abused and neglected children in our country. With approximately 424,000 abused and neglected children in foster care in the United States, judges and court personnel are continually challenged to find the best solutions for children and families.

The NCJFCJ plays an essential role in working with judges to ensure that each child's case is handled expeditiously and that safety, permanency, and well-being are paramount. Through national projects and initiatives, training, technical assistance, and research, the NCJFCJ works with judges, jurisdictions, and communities nationwide to implement best practices and improve outcomes for the nation's abused and neglected children and their families.

Please click through the links on the left to view our current and ongoing projects, or click here to learn more about child abuse and neglect research. For the latest news on child abuse and neglect, click here.

For more information on the various divisions and work please click on the following links:  Dependency Model Courts Project, Research, and Tribal Work.