Publications

Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings
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
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
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?
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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