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02/23/24
Publication
Enhanced Resource Guidelines Implementation Evaluation Berrien Co…

With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) developed the Implementation Sites Project to assist juvenile and family courts to integrate…

02/12/24
How Your Court Can Address Child Sexual Exploitation

Juvenile justice system professionals are often unaware of or misinterpret the circumstances of commercially sexually exploited youths. As a result, many victims of sexual exploitation are criminalized instead of being diverted to appropriate resources and…

01/04/24
Brief
 A Template Guide to Develop a Memorandum of Understanding Betwe…

The technical assistance brief,  A Template Guide to Develop a Memorandum of Understanding Between a Military Installation and a Court, is a tool for courts and military installations to utilize to enter into agreements that may…

10/30/23
Toolkit
Improving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging through a R…

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is pleased to release our newest publication — Improving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging through a Race Equity Lens: A Toolkit for Juvenile and Family…

09/26/23
Publication
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing the Criminalization o…

There are many avenues through which minor victims of trafficking enter the juvenile justice system. Due to the power and control exercised by their traffickers, victims are often forced or coerced to commit crimes they otherwise would not commit. Many victims of trafficking enter the criminal justice system for offenses committed as a direct result of their trafficking.

09/07/23
Publication
Ethical Engagement With Survivor Leaders

It is vital that any efforts to address child sex trafficking in our communities must include not only survivor input but also provide opportunities for survivors to lead this work. Survivor leaders are people who hold leadership positions within their field and/or provide guidance to other survivors. Organizations and individuals must be thoughtful about why, when, and how they engage survivor leaders in the work.

09/01/23
Bench Card
Navigating Virtual Proceedings in Juvenile Court: A Guide for Jud…

Although initially embraced as an emergency measure, virtual proceedings continue to be utilized even as jurisdictions increasingly lift restrictions on in-person hearings. Before proceeding with virtual hearings, judges should be mindful of access to technology, constitutional implications, and the limitations of remote proceedings specific to youth.

06/30/23
Publication
A Judicial Resource Guide on Military Families and the Courts

Whether they realize it or not, all juvenile family court judges hear cases in their courts involving military service members (active duty, reserve, or retired) or their family members regardless of their community’s location or…

06/02/23
Publication
Enhanced Resource Guidelines Implementation Evaluation Saginaw Co…

With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges developed the Implementation Sites Project to assist juvenile and family courts to integrate the…

03/29/23
Publication
Helpful Tips for Judges to Support the Implementation of an Infan…

This publication is intended to help judges launching ITCPs identify key components of the implementation process and embrace their leadership role off the bench to help support the effective implementation of ITCP programs.

03/16/23
Publication
What Everyone Ought to Know About Starting a Child Sex Traffickin…

Any work that strives to serve and advocate for survivors of child sex trafficking should always provide a seat at the table for survivors, particularly youth survivors. One way to achieve this is to start…

02/22/23
Publication
Four Ways That Courts Can Actively Engage Children and Youth Invo…

Children and youth often have little or no power over important aspects of their lives that are impacted by court involvement. Judges and other court professionals need to engage authentically, meaningfully, and directly with children…