Publications

Building a Better Collaboration: Facilitating Change in the Court and Child Welfare System
April 1, 2004
Offers a framework for thinking about facilitating change in the child welfare system. Uses the experiences of Project Sites to illustrate ways in which these theoretical concepts can be implemented in the real world of child welfare reform. Cost: $10.00  More
Building a Better Court: Measuring and Improving Court Performance and Judicial Workload in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
January 1, 2004
This Guide and its Companion Toolkit outline a process that courts can use to measure court performance and judicial workload. The Companion Toolkit is available in PDF and Word versions. Click here to download. (Currently available by download only. )   More
Empowering Families in Child Protection Cases: An Implementation Evaluation of Hawai'i's 'Ohana Conferencing Program
April 1, 2003
Summarizes a process and outcome evaluation of the 'Ohana Conferencing Model of family group decision-making, a conferencing project in operation since 1996. More
Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
December 1, 2002
Increasing numbers of infants and young children with complicated and serious physical, mental health, and developmental problems are being placed in foster care. This Technical Assistance Brief, published by the NCJFCJ, contains checklists that have been developed for use by judges, attorneys, child advocates, and other child welfare professionals in meeting the wide range of health care needs...More
The El Paso, Texas 65th Judicial District Children's Court: Evaluation of Model Court Activities [1999-2001]
August 1, 2002
Details findings of research which examined various innovative procedures and programs established in the El Paso Model Court. More
The Portland Model Court Expanded Second Shelter Hearing Process: Evaluating Best Practice Components of Front-Loading
July 1, 2002
Summarizes research conducted between April 2000 and August 2001 regarding the Multnomah County Juvenile Court's second shelter hearing process. More
The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
June 1, 2002
Provides an overview of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (passed in December 1999) which revises the former Title IV-E Independent Living Program to assist children likely to "age out" of the foster care system. More
Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care: Perspectives from Judges and Program Specialists
June 1, 2002
Presents current practices aimed at addressing the educational needs of youth in care and areas needing improvement. More
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children: A Manual and Instructional Guide for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
February 1, 2001
Presents information necessary to effectively implement the ICPC. Provides instructional information to assist judges and court staff in teaching others about the Compact. More
The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education Brochure
The mission of the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education is to promote successful educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care across the country. The Working Group, which is comprised of many organizations along with the NCJFCJ, is committed to heightening awareness of the educational needs of children and youth in care and to promote best and promising practices and...More