Publications

Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2012) Technical Assistance Bulletin
June 4, 2014
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
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth Volume 1, Number 4
March 28, 2014
Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. These summaries of high quality, policy related, published research are produced by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. The Children and Youth edition constitutes a selection of these summaries...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth Volume 1, Number 3
December 30, 2013
Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. These summaries of high quality, policy related, published research are produced by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. The Children and Youth edition constitutes a selection of these summaries...More
Assessing Mediation in Nevada: Outcome Evaluation in Washoe County, Nevada (2nd Judicial District)
December 1, 2013
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that has been utilized in the juvenile dependency system to avoid further litigation through the assistance of a neutral third party. Parties can resolve issues in a non-adversarial enviroment and focus on their strengths. The Second Judicial District of Nevada (Washoe County) implemented a mediation program in 2011 for parents and stakeholdrs...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth Volume 1, Number 2
November 4, 2013
Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. These summaries of high quality, policy related, published research are produced by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. The Children and Youth edition constitutes a selection of these summaries...More
Research Report: Assessing Mediation in Washoe County, NV
September 18, 2013
Mediation is a recommended form of alternate dispute resolution that is becoming increasingly popular in the juvenile dependency court system, as it allows parties to settle contested matters in a non-adversarial way that provides all individuals involved with a vioce in the decision-making process. In 2011, Washoe County implemented a mediation program for child abuse and neglect court cases....More
Parents for Parents Outcome Evaluation: Additional Examination of Case Outcomes and Racial Differences
September 1, 2013
Peer-to-peer models have been demonstrated a successful intervention in a variety of disciplines. The Parent for Parent (P4P) model uses veteran parents to assist families that are just entering the dependency system navigate through it with the goal of successfully getting their children returned home. This model was adopted and developed in King County Washington that seeks to assist families...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth Volume 1, Number 1
July 22, 2013
Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. These summaries of high quality, policy related, published research are produced by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. The Children and Youth edition constitutes a selection of these summaries...More
Research Report: Assessing a Parent Representation Program in Texas
July 8, 2013
NCJFCJ considers the appointment of early legal representation for indigent parents as a “best practice” in juvenile dependency proceedings. This Research Memo uses data from a parent representation pilot program in the Travis County, Texas Model Court to answer four questions: 1) Does assigning attorneys early (i.e., at the ex parte hearing) relate to differences in the timeliness to the final...More
Examination of Judicial Practice in Placement Review Hearings for Youth in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of Texas
July 1, 2013
In Texas, youth who remain in care for more than a year enter Permanent Managing Conservatorship, and a permanency review hearing is held at least every six months that they remain in care. These hearings are a key opportunity for judges to spur progress toward permanency by cultivating collaboration and accountability between parties supporting the youth. Organizations such as the National...More