Project ONE

The NCJFCJ continues to be a leader in advancing the use of effective multi-system responses to youth and families. In 2010, with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support critical cross-departmental and cross-system work, the NCJFCJ began work on the Multi-Court Collaboration (MCC) Initiative (now known as Project ONE, named to signify a holistic approach to families through One Family/One Judge, No Wrong Door, and Equal and Coordinated Access to Justice). Project ONE seeks to provide judges with guidance for supporting the needs of families and children no matter which jurisdictional “door” of the courthouse – family law, child welfare, family violence, juvenile justice, etc. – they enter.

Central to Project ONE is a holistic view of individuals and families, a life-course perspective on human development, and a focus on ensuring equal and coordinated access to justice regardless of presenting issues. A Steering Committee of NCJFCJ member judges has been convened to lead the initiative with NCJFCJ staff and develop a road map for its success. One of the initiative's goals will be to develop and share resources for innovative practices across the country, where courts effectively demonstrate multi-court collaboration in practice.

The Project ONE Courts and Lead Judges are:

  • Jefferson County Family Court, Louisville, Kentucky; Honorable Joan Byer, Lead Judge
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Honorable Marshall B. Murray, Lead Judge
  • North Okaloosa County Unified Family Court, Crestview, Florida; Honorable Terrance Ketchel, Lead Judge
  • Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, New Orleans, Louisiana; Honorable Ernestine S. Gray, Lead Judge
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court (Pasco County), Dade City, Florida; Honorable Lynn Tepper, Lead Judge
  • Second Judicial District Court, Family Division (Washoe County), Reno, Nevada; Honorable Egan Walker, Lead Judge

On July 14, 2012, NCJFCJ Board of Trustees adopted the Project ONE Key Principles.

In October 2011, NCJFCJ’s research division, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), published a groundbreaking study on the prevalence of child welfare involvement among delinquent youth in Doorways to Delinquency: Multisystem Involvement of Delinquent Youth in King County (Seattle, WA).

In 2009, NCJFCJ's Cross-Over Committee developed a Unified Model Court Concept Paper which discusses the need for collaboration among courts in order to achieve best outcomes for dually-involved children, youth and families.