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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
July 29, 2019
The NCJFCJ and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) co-hosted the Judicial Responses to Animal Cruelty Issues Convening earlier this year. The Convening included participation from 10 judges from across the U.S.–eight judges who hear juvenile, child abuse or family violence cases, one municipal court judge who hears criminal animal cruelty cases, and one retired state supreme court justice. The...More
CPO Safety Guide
Defining Child-Related Relief in Civil Protection Orders to Enhance Safety
July 18, 2019
Many communities around the country are implementing or considering the use of facilitated settlement processes and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in civil protection order cases, a practice that may be safe and beneficial for victims of domestic violence, but only if important safeguards are established. This document is intended to provide guidance on these safeguards and how to...More
CPO Community Supervision
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Community Supervision
May 28, 2019
  In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Community Supervision professionals in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
CPO Court staff administration
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Court Staff/Court Administration
May 28, 2019
In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Court Staff and Court Administration in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
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Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act: Guide for Court Personnel and Judges
July 18, 2018
Interstate custody cases involving domestic violence arrive at the courthouse in a variety of ways: A victim of domestic violence who has fled for safety from another state seeks an emergency custody order from your court. A left-behind parent files for custody in your court, seeking the return of the children from another state. A victim with a custody order from another state seeks enforcement...More
Deportation and Children
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
Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court
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
Assessing Parental Engagement in Juvenile Court Hearings
Assessing Parental Engagement in Juvenile Court Hearings
December 22, 2014
Research indicates that engaged parents are more likely to attend hearings, visit with their children and comply with their case plan, which increases likelihood of reunification. However, engaging parents in the dependency court process is often a challenge. This report focuses on a multi-method approach to examining parent engagement in dependency court. Working with the Milwaukee Model Court,...More
Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
September 23, 2014
Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective, written by NCJFCJ Past President Judge Leonard Edwards (Ret.), is a new publication made possible by the generous support of Casey Family Programs and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. From the Foreword by the NCJFCJ Past President Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court:   “… Two goals of this book are to encourage judges and...More
Juvenile and Family Court Journal - Winter 2014: Special Issue - Family Law
Juvenile and Family Court Journal - Winter 2014: Special Issue - Family Law
April 4, 2014
The peer-reviewed Juvenile and Family Court Journal focuses on issues of interest to the field of juvenile and family justice, including child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, domestic violence, substance abuse, child custody and visitation, judicial leadership, and related topics. This publication is subscription-based, however one issue a year is available for free to the public. Winter...More

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