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Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Austin, Texas)
June 22, 2018
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
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (San Diego, California)
June 21, 2018
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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Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders
January 5, 2018
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) think tank series brings judges together to share knowledge and provide insights on issues of relevance to court improvement and collaborative systems change. The judges invited to participate in think tanks are former and current Model Court Lead Judges. These national judicial leaders have considerable experience leading system-...More
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Washington, D.C.)
November 6, 2017
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
Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
October 31, 2017
Publication Improves Court Practice in Indian Child Welfare Act Cases The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook to improve court practice for judges in handling Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 to address the widespread practice of...More
A Snapshot of the Implementation Sites Project
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
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
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
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
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

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