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Implementation Sites Project
Implementation Sites Project
October 22, 2019
Through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funding, the Implementation Sites Project was developed to replicate the infrastructure pioneered by the NCJFCJ Model Courts Project. Designated sites have committed to develop and implement a judicially-led collaborative seeking to implement system change efforts to improve the child abuse and neglect case process with the...More
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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
July 29, 2019
The NCJFCJ and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) co-hosted the Judicial Responses to Animal Cruelty Issues Convening earlier this year. The Convening included participation from 10 judges from across the U.S.–eight judges who hear juvenile, child abuse or family violence cases, one municipal court judge who hears criminal animal cruelty cases, and one retired state supreme court justice. The...More
Assessing Trauma
Assessing Trauma for Juvenile and Family Court Judges: From Development to Implementation, 2013-2017
June 21, 2019
Due to increased requests for assistance from courts and allied systems seeking to become more trauma-informed, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) developed a court trauma consultation protocol in 2013. Although the NCJFCJ and organizations such as the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) had a long history of providing training and technical assistance...More
FFPSA Publication
The Role of the Court in Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018
June 20, 2019
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2018 provides States and Tribes opportunities to use federal funding to support children and families and prevent foster care placements. The Act focuses on family engagement and evidence-based practices, and requires judicial oversight of the placement and review of children in residential treatment programs to ensure that children are in the...More
Engaging Parents
Engaging Parents in Child Abuse and Neglect Hearings: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders
June 12, 2019
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recommends that the court should do all that it can to encourage and support the meaningful engagement of children, youth, and families in the child welfare process and proceedings. Positive parental, child, and family engagement is seen as critical to successful outcomes in the case. This is particularly true at the beginning of a...More
Texas Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
Texas Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
May 14, 2019
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) hosted the Texas Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (TJIDCST) in Houston, Texas from September 18-19, 2018 for judges and other judicial officers. The purpose of the TJIDCST is to provide judicial officers with tools needed to develop or enhance their ability to handle the multifaceted and challenging aspects of...More
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation - August 2018
May 14, 2019
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) hosted the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (NJIDCST) in Portland, Oregon from August 15-18, 2018 for judges and other judicial officers. The purpose of the NJIDCST is to provide judicial officers with tools needed to develop or enhance their ability to handle the multifaceted and challenging aspects of...More
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Follow-up Evaluation 2014-2017
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Follow-up Evaluation 2014-2017
May 14, 2019
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges hosted five National Judicial Institutes on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (NJIDCST) between 2014 and 2017 for judges and other judicial officers. The purpose of the DCST Institutes was to provide judicial officers with tools needed to develop or enhance their ability to handle the multifaceted and challenging aspects of cases involving...More
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
March 6, 2019
  Linking Systems of Care (LSC) for Children and Youth state demonstration sites strive to align activities in each phase of the project – Planning, Implementation, and Sustainability – with the Guiding Principles. Policy decisions should be driven by the Guiding Principles to help stakeholder groups connect developed goals, objectives, and activities to a structure that promotes healing, linked...More
DCST Feb 2018 Research Report
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Asheville, North Carolina)
January 24, 2019
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More

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