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09/11/12
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The Lens of Implicit Bias

This article looks at the bias with which people view the world, how that bias impacts decisions and how to reduce the implicit bias in our decision-making, in juvenile and family justice.

08/30/12
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Seen, Heard, and Engaged: Children in Dependency Court Hearings

This technical assistance bulletin was designed to provide information, guidance, and aspirational practice recommendations to dependency courts and dependency court judges with regard to bringing children to court for hearings related to their own dependency cases. It is…

03/30/12
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The NIS-4: What It All Means (and Doesn't Mean)

This Technical Assistance Brief summarizes the findings from the most recent iteration of the National Incidence Study (NIS-4) and examines some of the differences from previous iterations, considers the implications of the study and these differences,…

03/30/12
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Model Court Protocol: Leadership, Innovation, and Accountability

Developed, managed, and guided by the NCJFCJ, Model Court jurisdictions engage in cutting-edge local, statewide, and national program, policy, and initiative development. This Technical Assistance Brief outlines the expectations of Model Courts as they continually…

03/20/12
Bench Card
A Practice Guide: Making Child Support Orders Realistic and Enfor…

In 2005, the NCJFCJ received funding from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement to provide state court judges and other judicial officers with practical, easy-to-use tools that facilitate realistic and…

03/15/12
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Child and Family Service Review Outcomes Strategies to Improve Do…

Unidentified domestic violence or unsafe intervention in domestic violence situations may contribute to poor outcomes for families. This guide was written to help stakeholders develop effective Program Improvement Plans for achieving safety, permanency, and well-being…

03/15/12
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A Guide for Effective Issuance and Enforcement of Protection Orde…

This publication, also known as the Burgundy Book, preceded Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (2010). Recognizing the need to promote enforcement of protection orders as a way to promote victim safety and…

03/15/12
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Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatmen…

This publication is the official policy of the NCJFCJ and sets forth principles and recommendations for improving the policies and practices of child protection services, domestic violence services, and juvenile courts. The five chapters contained…

03/02/12
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Court Reform and American Indian and Alaskan Native Children: Inc…

This Technical Assistance Brief, a joint publication of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the NCJFCJ, has found that additional improvements in data collection and collaboration between courts and public agencies are required to better…

03/02/12
Bench Card
Asking the Right Questions II: Judicial Checklists to Meet the Ed…

This revised publication, of the original Technical Assistance Brief published in 2005, includes a checklist of critical questions every judge should ask about education in every case, and a checklist of critical questions every judge…

03/02/12
Bench Card
Asking the Right Questions: A Judicial Checklist to Ensure That t…

Provides a field-tested checklist that judges can use to make inquiries regarding the educational needs of children and youth under their jurisdiction with the goal of positively impacting their educational outcomes and preparing them for…

03/01/12
Bench Card
Right from the Start: The Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Pr…

The report details positive qualitative and quantitative results when using the guidelines outlined in the Benchcard. Development of this Benchcard grew out of a national initiative, Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster…