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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 (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
La Deportación y los/las Niños/as
August 11, 2017
Aunque las cortes de familia y los sistemas para el bienestar de menores fueron creados para proteger a las familias y para servir el mejor interés de los/as menores, los esfuerzos recientes para hacer cumplir las políticas de inmigración han creado un ambiente en el que las víctimas de violencia doméstica que son inmigrantes ya no se sienten seguras al buscar ayuda a través de esos canales. La...More
10 Maneras de Encontrar Ayuda para su Caso
August 4, 2017
Si usted es víctima de violencia doméstica y necesita ayuda legal, esta guía le ayudará a encontrar a alguien que le pueda ayudar con su caso. Puede que un/a abogado/a con conocimiento en violencia doméstica sea la mejor persona para ayudarle. Partes de esta guía le darán ideas sobre cómo encontrar a uno/a. Sin embargo, es posible que no encuentre a un/a abogado/a para representarle en la corte....More
10 Pasos para Presentar Evidencia en la Corte
August 4, 2017
Cuando vaya al tribunal, le dará información (llamada “evidencia”) a un/a juez/a que decidirá su caso. Esta evidencia puede incluir información que usted u otra persona le dice a el/la juez/a (“testimonio”) y también cosas como emails y mensajes de texto, documentos, fotos y objetos (documentos u objetos de prueba conocidos como “exhibits” en inglés).   More
Custody and Visitation in Civil Protection Orders: Guiding Principles and Suggested Practices for Courts and Communities
August 2, 2017
The board of directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges voted to adopt the principles and practices in this guide at their July 2017 meeting. Despite the fact that the majority of state civil protection order statutes confer legal authority upon judicial officers to include custody, visitation, and other child-related relief in civil protection orders (CPOs), judges...More
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
Deportation and Children
April 24, 2017
Although family courts and child welfare systems were created to protect families and to serve the best interests of children, recent immigration enforcement efforts have created an environment in which immigrant victims of domestic violence no longer feel safe seeking relief through those venues. The once untenable possibility that an immigrant victim of domestic violence could be deported while...More
Guiding Principles for Effectively Addressing Child Custody and Parenting Time in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
January 10, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) understands due process to require that all litigants have a meaningful opportunity to be heard, that all judicial and non-judicial decision-makers are neutral and unbiased, that non-judicial court processes (custody evaluation, use of guardians ad litem, custody facilitators, etc.) include due process protections to the extent...More
Safe Havens: Lessons From a Decade of Change
December 14, 2016
While the need for supervised visitation and exchange for victims of domestic violence and their children had long been recognized, the Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program (Safe Havens Program) provided a key opportunity to expand services available and to do so in a way that accounted for the realities of domestic violence. By focusing on the realities of domestic...More

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