Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth - Volume 3, Number 2
October 5, 2015
This eighth issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics: Does attending an "advantaged" school affect all students equally? What kinds of drug treatment programs have been shown to reduce crime? Can we identify who is likely to become a high rate offender? What do research findings suggest would constitute sensible...More
Juvenile Court Statistics 2013
September 9, 2015
Juvenile Court Statistics 2013 draws on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) to profile nearly 1.1 million delinquency cases and 109,000 petitioned status offense cases handled in 2013 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The report also tracks trends in delinquency cases between 1985 and 2013 and in status offense cases processed between 1995 and 2013. The data used...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2013)
June 17, 2015
Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has published Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletins, which identify national and state level disproportionality rates. The reports have gained national attention and have been used in a number of ways by a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interested parties.    Due to the ongoing need for dialogue surrounding the most...More
Research Report: Assessing Time-Certain Calendaring Dockets
May 4, 2015
There is not one nationally utilized method of calendaring dependency court cases. Rather, there are four common calendaring methods used to schedule these case types. These include (1) Block time, (2) Time-certain, (3) Combination of block and time-certain, and (4) so-called “Cattle calls.” The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Resource Guidelines strongly recommends...More
Research Report: Assessing ICWA Compliance in Seattle, WA
May 4, 2015
In response to the high number of Native American children being removed from their homes, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978. In 25 U.S. Code § 1902, Congress declared that the best interests of Indian children would be protected by promoting the stability and security of Indian tribes and families through the establishment of minimum standards for removing Indian...More
Research Report: 2014 Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Institute Evaluation
May 4, 2015
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a rising and multifaceted issue within the U.S. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), through funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, developed training and judicial practice tools with the goals of identifying and servicing victims of DCST. The NCJFCJ created a curriculum to specify ways to...More
Research Report: Exploring Outcomes Related to Parent Representation in Mississippi
May 4, 2015
The U.S. Constitution does not grant parents a right to legal counsel in the juvenile dependency system. However, most states have created statutes that provide parents with legal representation in juvenile dependency cases. Currently, Mississippi is the only state with no provision for legal counsel for indigent parents. In 2012, a pilot program supported by Casey Family Programs was implemented...More
Research Report: 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Institute
May 4, 2015
A recurring training offered by the NCJFCJ is the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) which provides instruction in dependency court best practices for judicial officers who have either been newly assigned to child abuse and neglect cases or for experienced juvenile dependency judges who would like to learn about emerging and promising practices in this field. During the 2014 training held...More
StateScan: Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services
April 22, 2015
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the NCJFCJ's research division, has released a new StateScan publication that describes the landscape of standardized mental health screening in juvenile justice. This StateScan publication is the fourth in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s new Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics website ( The...More
When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved Their Handling of Dual-Status Cases
April 21, 2015
The National Center for Juvenile Justice, the NCJFCJ's research division, has released the first in a new series of case-study publications supporting themes explored in the Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice, and Statistics website ( When Systems Collaborate provides case studies of three jurisdictions that coordinate information and services for youth who are involved in...More