Publications

Research Report: Assessing Mediation in Washoe County, NV
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
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
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
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
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
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care 2013 Technical Assistance Bulletin
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care 2013 Technical Assistance Bulletin
June 14, 2013
Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has published Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletins, which identify the disproportionality rates for all state and select Model Courts across the Country. 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...More
King County Mediation Program Assessment: Phase III
King County Mediation Program Assessment: Phase III
June 1, 2013
King County, Washington implemented a pilot mediation program for its juvenile dependency court in 2009. The purpose of this program was to improve efficience of case processing for families and stakeholders in the dependency system. Phase II of this evaluation examined long-term outcomes of mediated cases compared to non-mediated cases. Phase II also included surveys that were given to parents...More
Assessing Mediation in Clark County, Nevada (Eighth Judicial District)
Assessing Mediation in Clark County, Nevada (Eighth Judicial District)
June 1, 2013
The Eighth Judicial District (Clark County) of Nevada implemented a juvenile dependency mediation program in 2013. The goal of mediation in juvenile dependency cases is avoid further litigation by voluntary case resolution through the use of the neutral third party. NCJFCJ researchers conducted a process evaluation  which included satisfaction surveys for parents and stakeholders. The assessment...More
Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2009
Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2009
October 29, 2012
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released the following fact sheet on delinquency cases in junveile and criminal courts. The data is collected by the National Juvenile Court Data Archive which is maintanied by the National Center for Juvenile Justice and funded by OJJDP. More
Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2009
Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2009
October 29, 2012
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released the following fact sheet on delinquency cases in juvenile and criminal courts. The data is collected by the National Juvenile Court Data Archive which is maintanied by the National Center for Juvenile Justice and funded by OJJDP. More