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10/23/13
Publication
Tribal Engagement Strategies: Establishing and Sustaining Connect…

Meaningful collaboration has been defined as an ongoing process in which “courts and agencies identify and work toward shared goals and activities to increase the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the child welfare system.” This…

09/18/13
Report
Research Report: Assessing Mediation in Washoe County, NV

Mediation is a recommended form of alternate dispute resolution that is becoming increasingly popular in the juvenile dependency court system, as it allows parties to settle contested matters in a non-adversarial way that provides all…

07/31/13
Bench Card
NCTSN Bench Card for the Trauma-Informed Judge

Research has conclusively demonstrated that court-involved children and adolescents present with extremely high rates of traumatic stress caused by their adverse life experiences. In the court setting, we may perceive these youth as inherently disrespectful,…

07/08/13
Report
Research Report: Assessing a Parent Representation Program in Tex…

NCJFCJ considers the appointment of early legal representation for indigent parents as a “best practice” in juvenile dependency proceedings. This Research Memo uses data from a parent representation pilot program in the Travis County, Texas…

07/01/13
Report
Examination of Judicial Practice in Placement Review Hearings for…

In Texas, youth who remain in care for more than a year enter Permanent Managing Conservatorship, and a permanency review hearing is held at least every six months that they remain in care. These hearings…

04/04/13
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Forever Families: Improving Outcomes by Achieving Permanency for …

In the dependency court system, a legal orphan is a child whose parents’ rights have been terminated and who has no legal permanent connection to a family.  The child remains in foster care and has…

02/28/13
Publication
Key Principles for Permanency Planning for Children

Judging in juvenile court is specialized and complex, going beyond the traditional role of the judge. Juvenile court judges, as the gatekeepers to the foster care system and guardians of the original problem solving court,…

01/03/13
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Improving Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: A Guide f…

This technical assistance bulletin provides juvenile and family courts with practice recommendations and tools to improve compliance with the letter of the ICWA as well as with the “spirit of the ICWA” through services and…

10/29/12
Report
Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2009

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released the following fact sheet on delinquency cases in junveile and criminal courts. The data is collected by the National Juvenile Court Data Archive which is…

10/29/12
Report
Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2009

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…

10/29/12
Report
Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 2009

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…

09/28/12
Publication
A Three-Pronged Approach to Addressing Racial Disproportionality …

Disproportionality and disparities in the treatment of children of color have been a growing concern in the child welfare system. Nationally, the primary concern is the overrepresentation of African American children within the child welfare…