Publications

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
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2014)
November 11, 2016
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 2014 foster care data, new and updated numbers have been created. In addition, this year's Disproportionality's TAB adds new measures that compare placements and outcomes by race for children in foster...More
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
September 15, 2016
This technical assistance brief is a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), prepared as part of a project jointly funded under an interagency agreement (IAA) between the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice and...More
Research Report: May 2016 National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
August 30, 2016
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
Judicial Tip Sheet on Kinship Care
June 6, 2016
In an effort to promote the importance of placing children with family members, a one page tip sheet for judicial officers on kinship care was created in partnership with the American Bar Association and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). The tip sheet addresses four main points: 1) the importance of kin, 2) the identification of kin, 3) the role of the court, and 4) licensing issues. The tip...More
Enhanced Resource Guidelines
May 26, 2016
Publication Improves Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Enhanced version of the Resource Guidelines to improve court practice in child abuse and neglect cases, 20 years after the original publication. “The Enhanced Resource Guidelines will serve as the NCJFCJ’s blueprint for training...More
First National Summit on Trauma and the Courts: Creating a Community of Healing
April 11, 2016
The First National Summit on Trauma and the Courts: Creating a Community of Healing was held on August 5-6, 2015 at the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, a research center in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The summit brought together both experts and judicial leaders from across the...More
When You Decide: A Judge's Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth
October 9, 2015
Judges play an important role in ensuring that youth get the support, knowledge, and tools needed to make healthy long-term decisions regarding sex and childbearing. A new judge’s guide to pregnancy prevention among foster youth is now available from the National Campaign and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The guide supports judges in ensuring that those involved with...More
A Trauma Primer for Juvenile Probation and Juvenile Detention Staff
October 8, 2015
Juvenile justice probation and detention workers play an important role in helping system-involved youth and families navigate justice and social service systems; achieving goals of accountability, competency, and community safety; and promoting safety, self-determination, and social connectedness as conditions of healing. In doing this work, juvenile probation and detention staff are also...More