Publications

Process Evaluation of Nevada’s Statewide Dependency Mediation Program
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
What Can Juvenile and Family Courts Do to Respond to Trauma?
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
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
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
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
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth - Volume 3, Number 2
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
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)
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
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
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