Publications

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
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
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
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
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
A Practice Guide: Making Child Support Orders Realistic and Enforceable
April 1, 2005
In 2005, the NCJFCJ received funding from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement to provide state court judges and other judicial officers with practical, easy-to-use tools that facilitate realistic and enforceable child support orders and strengthen the ability of the nation's child support enforcement (Title IV-D) programs to collect support on behalf...More
Juvenile & Family Court Journal - "Family Courts" An Effective Judicial Approach to the Resolution of Family Disputes
January 1, 1993
This journal addresses the advantages, disadvantages and questions to be resolved in the establishment of a unified and comprehensive family court system. The journal draws on the experience of existing family courts. (1993, Vol. 44, No. 1) More