The NIS-4: What It All Means (and doesn't mean)

April 1, 2011

This Technical Assistance Brief summarizes the findings from the most recent iterationĀ of the National Incidence Study (NIS-4) and examines some of the differences from previous iterations, considers the implications of the study and these differences, and offers some practical conclusions for courts and judges. The overall purpose of this Brief is to offer guidance on understanding the meaning of the NIS-4 findings in both a broader context, and in terms of the NCJFCJ Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care initiative priorities, goals, and opportunities.