Publications

Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 2009
Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 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. Click here to download the fact sheet. More
A Three-Pronged Approach to Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Child Welfare: The Santa Clara County Example of Leadership, Collaboration and Data-Driven Decisions
A Three-Pronged Approach to Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Child Welfare: The Santa Clara County Example of Leadership, Collaboration and Data-Driven Decisions
September 28, 2012
Disproportionality and disparities in the treatment of children of color has been a growing concern in the child welfare system. Nationally, the primary concern is the overrepresentation of African American children within the child welfare system. In some jurisdictions this is only one piece of the disproportionality concern. San Jose, for example, has both an overrepresentation of African...More
Calculating Juvenile Dependency Judicial Workload
Calculating Juvenile Dependency Judicial Workload
September 20, 2012
This Technical Assistance Brief can be used to answer two questions. First, how can jurisdictions fully account for the time that judicial officers dedicate to juvenile dependency cases? Second, how many judicial officers does a jurisdiction need to implement best practices? Because traditional methods of calculating judicial workload do not account for the complexity of dependency practice, the...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care, 2012
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care, 2012
May 30, 2012
In May 2011, the NCJFCJ published its first Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin, which identified the disproportionality rates for all state and select Model Courts across the Country. Since that time, the report has gained national attention and has been used in a number of ways by a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interested parties. ...More
Oregon State Disproportionality Profiles
Oregon State Disproportionality Profiles
April 1, 2012
In 2011, the Permanency Planning for Children Department calculated rates of disproportionality in foster care for each state and published the Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin. The report showed no disproportionality in Oregon, despite Oregon’s relatively high rates as reported by the Government Accountability Office in 2007 and...More
Racial disproportionality in child welfare: False logic and dangerous misunderstandings
Racial disproportionality in child welfare: False logic and dangerous misunderstandings
November 30, 2011
Disproportionality and disparities in child welfare appear to be widely recognized, if not fully understood, phenomena. There is often disagreement on how to interpret or find meaning in the empirical evidence that supports the existence of disproportionality and disparities; some of the result of fertile and valuable discussion; some possibly stemming from honest misunderstanding or...More
Assessing the Relationship between Efficiency and Effectiveness in Juvenile Dependency Cases
Assessing the Relationship between Efficiency and Effectiveness in Juvenile Dependency Cases
November 15, 2011
Prior NCJFCJ research suggests that lower judicial workloads are related to timely permanency in juvenile dependency cases. This important finding could be expanded upon by exploring measures of effectiveness and efficiency. This Research Memo seeks to answer two questions: (1) Do judicial workloads predict reunification? (2) Are timely outcomes related to safe and permanent outcomes? The...More
Assessing efficiency and workload implications of the King County Mediation Pilot
Assessing efficiency and workload implications of the King County Mediation Pilot
November 11, 2011
Child protection mediation has been used for more than 25 years to improve case processing and outcomes in juvenile dependency cases. Prior research has been primarily descriptive, and has focused on the effect of mediation on efficiency measures and on parents’ perceptions of the process. The current assessment of a mediation pilot program implemented in King County, Washington examines early...More
Parents for Parents Outcome Evaluation
Parents for Parents Outcome Evaluation
October 15, 2011
The purpose of this assessment is to examine the effects of King County’s Parents for Parents Program on engaging parents in the dependency process and case processing timeliness. The evaluation found that participation in Dependency 101 was related to: increased compliance in the court‐ordered case plan by both mothers and fathers; significant increases in parents’ compliance with court‐ordered...More
Effects of parental and attorney involvement on reunification in Juvenile dependency cases
Effects of parental and attorney involvement on reunification in Juvenile dependency cases
September 1, 2011
Individuals in the dependency system believe that it is important to have parties present at early decision-making hearings without much empirical support. This paper examines how involvement of mothers, fathers, and their respective legal representatives at early hearings (preliminary protective, adjudication, disposition, and first review) influences reunification in juvenile dependency cases. ...More