Publications

Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2013)
June 17, 2015
Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has published Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletins, which identify national and state level disproportionality rates. The reports have gained national attention and have been used in a number of ways by a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interested parties.    Due to the ongoing need for dialogue surrounding the most...More
Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response
June 10, 2015
This technical assistance brief is a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. Juvenile and family court judges have an enormous responsibility for the children and youth under their court’s jurisdiction. When these already vulnerable children run away or go missing from a placement, the stakes are very high...More
Creating a Human Trafficking Strategic Plan to Protect and Heal Native Children and Youth
May 18, 2015
Children are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. When dealing with trafficking cases, child safety must guide all efforts: child victims must be protected, physically and psychologically, from their traffickers and provided with placements and services specifically designed to address the trauma they have endured. Because every tribal community is different, it is not possible to create...More
Research Report: Assessing Time-Certain Calendaring Dockets
May 4, 2015
There is not one nationally utilized method of calendaring dependency court cases. Rather, there are four common calendaring methods used to schedule these case types. These include (1) Block time, (2) Time-certain, (3) Combination of block and time-certain, and (4) so-called “Cattle calls.” The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Resource Guidelines strongly recommends...More
Research Report: 2014 Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Institute Evaluation
May 4, 2015
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a rising and multifaceted issue within the U.S. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), through funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, developed training and judicial practice tools with the goals of identifying and servicing victims of DCST. The NCJFCJ created a curriculum to specify ways to...More
Research Report: 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Institute
May 4, 2015
A recurring training offered by the NCJFCJ is the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) which provides instruction in dependency court best practices for judicial officers who have either been newly assigned to child abuse and neglect cases or for experienced juvenile dependency judges who would like to learn about emerging and promising practices in this field. During the 2014 training held...More
Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court
April 3, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court. This guide, available online, outlines what courts need to know about a trauma consultation (also known as a "trauma audit"), and how such a consultation can help courts become more trauma-informed across environment, practice, and policy. Based on work with...More
Implementation Sites Project
March 25, 2015
The purpose of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' (NCJFCJ) Implementation Sites Project is to build on the success of the Mentor Model Courts. By engaging selected jurisdictions in cutting-edge program, policy, and initiative development, the NCJFCJ's Mentor Model Courts fulfill the goal of improving the outcomes for children in care.  The Implementation Sites Project seeks...More
Assessing the Long-Term Effects of Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard
January 8, 2015
The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC) brings together judicial officers and systems stakeholders to set a national agenda for court-based training, research and reform initiatives to reduce the disproportionate treatment of children of color in the dependency court system.  One of the tools developed from this initiative was a Benchcard for...More
Process Evaluation: Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard
January 8, 2015
The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC) brings together judicial officers and systems stakeholders to set a national agenda for court-based training, research and reform initiatives to reduce the disproportionate treatment of children  of color in the dependency court system.  One of the tools developed from this initiative was a Benchcard for...More