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Judith T. Horgan

Judith HorganJudith T. Horgan

Board Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judith T. Horgan is a child advocate with a long history of involvement in the juvenile justice system. She founded Child Watch of Pittsburgh in 1992, bringing public awareness to the plight of children in the child welfare system.

Horgan has organized adoption days to get children into placements in a more efficient manner, led efforts at the State level to increase the number of juvenile court judges and hearing examiners, impacted the move of the family courthouse, introduced video-conferencing to improve efficiencies in court case hearings and instituted a safer environment called Safe Place for cases involving individuals impacted by domestic violence.

She was a recipient of the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania for her significant contributions to the Commonwealth; and has received the Good Government Awards from the League of Women Voters, United Way’s Volunteer of the Year, the Pittsburgh Foundation Award for innovative contributions in child welfare and recognition from the Allegheny County Family Court for the establishment of Safe Place.

Horgan has served on the boards of Allies for Children, the Children, Youth & Families Advisory Committee, the Shuman Center Task Force, Nurture PA, the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Beginning with Books and Allegheny College. She resides in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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Judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals trained in 2021

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