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Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Washington, D.C.)
November 6, 2017
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth, Vol. 5, No. 2
October 23, 2017
The next issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics: Are Black youths living on the street particularly vulnerable to being stopped and searched by the police? Are dark-skinned Blacks especially likely to be imprisoned? Why are girls in bail court perceived to be more likely to be in need of ‘treatment’ than boys?...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2015)
September 14, 2017
Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has been publishing this Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) that identifies the disproportionality rates for children of color in foster care. With the public release of 2015 foster care data, new and updated numbers have been calculated. This year's Disproportionality's TAB includes the disproportionality index, and measures that compare placements and outcomes by race...More
Process Evaluation of Nevada’s Statewide Dependency Mediation Program
September 6, 2017
Nevada’s experience with mediation in dependency and termination of parental rights cases began in the Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County and goes back more than a decade to the early 2000s. In 2013, the National Council of Juvenile Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) conducted a preliminary process and outcome evaluation of the program. In 2016, with funding support from the Nevada Court...More
Process Evaluation of the Second Judicial District Court’s Dependency Mediation Program, Washoe County, Nevada
September 6, 2017
The Second Judicial District Court of Nevada in Washoe County implemented a mediation program in late 2011 to support parents and stakeholders in the child abuse and neglect court system and help resolve contested matters that may delay or inhibit timely permanency. An overarching goal of the mediation program is to reduce the time to permanency for children. The National Council of Juvenile and...More
Outcome Evaluation of the Second Judicial District Court’s Dependency Mediation Program (Washoe County, Nevada)
September 6, 2017
In August 2011, the Second Judicial District Court of Nevada in Washoe County implemented a dependency mediation program. The overarching goal of the mediation program is to reduce the time to permanency for children. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has conducted research on the impacts of dependency mediation programs in the SJDC and other selected jurisdictions...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
Hawaii CCC Case File Review and Court Observation Pre and Post Benchcard
November 11, 2016
In 2007, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began the Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC), in an effort improve outcomes for children of color in the foster care system. One key element of this effort was a judicial...More
Research Report: May 2016 National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
August 30, 2016
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
Report on the Evaluation of Judicially Led Responses to Eliminate School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System
June 6, 2016
Many schools across the United States have enacted zero tolerance philosophy in response to perceived increases in violence and drugs in schools. It is believed that aggressive and unwavering punishment of many school infractions, including relatively minor infractions, will create safer schools. However, zero tolerance policy is said to have contributed to increased number of disciplinary...More

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