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A Snapshot of the Implementation Sites Project
September 20, 2017
Through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funding, the NCJFCJ's Implementation Sites Project provides specialized training and technical assistance to help integrate best practices as outlined in the Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. The Implementation Sites Project seeks to improve outcomes for children in...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2015)
September 14, 2017
Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has been publishing this Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) that identifies the disproportionality rates for children of color in foster care. With the public release of 2015 foster care data, new and updated numbers have been calculated. This year's Disproportionality's TAB includes the disproportionality index, and measures that compare placements and outcomes by race...More
Process Evaluation of Nevada’s Statewide Dependency Mediation Program
September 6, 2017
Nevada’s experience with mediation in dependency and termination of parental rights cases began in the Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County and goes back more than a decade to the early 2000s. In 2013, the National Council of Juvenile Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) conducted a preliminary process and outcome evaluation of the program. In 2016, with funding support from the Nevada Court...More
Process Evaluation of the Second Judicial District Court’s Dependency Mediation Program, Washoe County, Nevada
September 6, 2017
The Second Judicial District Court of Nevada in Washoe County implemented a mediation program in late 2011 to support parents and stakeholders in the child abuse and neglect court system and help resolve contested matters that may delay or inhibit timely permanency. An overarching goal of the mediation program is to reduce the time to permanency for children. The National Council of Juvenile and...More
Outcome Evaluation of the Second Judicial District Court’s Dependency Mediation Program (Washoe County, Nevada)
September 6, 2017
In August 2011, the Second Judicial District Court of Nevada in Washoe County implemented a dependency mediation program. The overarching goal of the mediation program is to reduce the time to permanency for children. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has conducted research on the impacts of dependency mediation programs in the SJDC and other selected jurisdictions...More
Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings
August 16, 2017
In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's...More
Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)
August 16, 2017
In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE), provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as...More
Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Children in the Child Welfare System
July 1, 2017
Infants and young children under the supervision of the court often have complicated and serious physical, developmental, and mental health-related challenges, so much so, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has classified this population as one with special health care needs.[1] Thus, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has released an updated version of the...More
What Can Juvenile and Family Courts Do to Respond to Trauma?
April 25, 2017
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ad Council, Futures Without Violence launched the Changing Minds campaign last fall 2016. The effort strives to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire action most specifically among professionals such as school resource officers and other law enforcement, teachers, athletic coaches, school counselors, nurses, and other front-line...More
Child Abuse and Neglect Institute Evaluation: Training Impact on Hearing Practice
November 14, 2016
The NCJFCJ’s annual training for dependency court judges, the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI), provides instruction for new or experienced judges on the knowledge and skills necessary to preside over an effective child abuse and neglect court process as well as instruction on emerging and promising practices to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system.   The...More

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