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06/29/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Motivational Interviewing Skills in Action for Juvenile Drug Trea…

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice recommended for use in juvenile drug treatment court (JDTC) settings (OJJDP, 2016). Specifically written with JDTC team members in mind, this technical assistance bulletin (TAB) on MI skills…

06/16/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Checklist for Juvenile Confinement Decisions During and After COV…

The following checklist is a tool to help juvenile justice professionals responsible for placing youth in confinement to examine the criteria for confinement. Considerations of risks of confinement to youth— contracting COVID-19 or other communicable…

06/01/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Judge’s Action Alert: How Judges Can Support Family Reunificati…

This Judge’s Action Alert highlights: benefits of parent–resource parent partnerships  key elements of successful parent–resource parent partnerships  how parent partners can help bridge the gap between parents and resource parents  how judges can support parent–resource parent partnerships;…

05/19/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Infant-Toddler Court Program: Tip Sheet for Trauma-Responsive Cou…

Trauma responsive courts embrace a universal precaution model, which assumes that all children, families, and court stakeholders could have a history of exposure to trauma prior to court involvement. In collaboration with the National Child…

05/13/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Targeted Resource Mapping Toolkit: Mapping Resources Along a Cont…

In 2019, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) received funding support from the State Justice Institute (SJI) to manage the Children and Opioids in State Courts Project. The project design included…

05/13/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Children and Opioids in State Courts Project: Lessons Learned in …

In 2019, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) received funding support from the State Justice Institute (SJI) to work with juvenile and family courts across the country to address the effects…

04/26/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Courts: A Tool for Improving Outc…

The St. Louis County Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Court in Duluth, Minnesota, currently led by Judge Sally Tarnowski, is a dedicated docket of child welfare hearings involving Indian children as confirmed or presumed by…

04/22/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Teen Dating Violence: Social Media and Tech Misuse Guidance for J…

Today’s social media and online landscape provides access to information, education, and connection that we could not have imagined even a decade ago. In addition to all of the instant connections that social media facilitates,…

04/21/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Supporting Remote Family Time During the Pandemic and Beyond: The…

This Judge’s Action Alert highlights: trends in use of remote family time by the legal child welfare community during the pandemic;  benefits and drawbacks of using remote family time approaches;  keys to effective remote family time;  how…

04/07/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Applying an Understanding of Adolescent Brain Development in Teen…

This technical assistance brief was developed to provide judges with an overview of brain development during adolescence and to provide an overview of the following:  Typical adolescent brain development;  How brain development may be impeded…

03/29/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
COVID-19 and Abuse in Later Life The Impact and What Judges and C…

The impact of the pandemic on older adults cannot be overstated. While much is still unknown about the virus, the research is clear that it affects older adults more severely. The mortality rate for patients…

02/25/21
Technical Assistance Bulletin
The Indian Child Welfare Act and Active Efforts: Past and Present

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 to address the widespread practice of state entities removing American Indian and Alaskan Native children from their homes and families. Congress found “an alarmingly high…