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06/12/19
Publication
Engaging Parents in Child Abuse and Neglect Hearings: Lessons Lea…

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recommends that the court should do all that it can to encourage and support the meaningful engagement of children, youth, and families in the child…

07/21/18
Policy Statement
Resolution in Support of Implementing a Family-Centered Framework…

WHEREAS, the Adoption Safe Families Act requires a judicial determination that the agency has made reasonable efforts, absent aggravated circumstances, to preserve and reunify the family. More than half of children exiting foster care in…

11/14/16
Publication
Child Abuse and Neglect Institute Evaluation: Training Impact on …

The NCJFCJ’s annual training for dependency court judges, the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI), provides instruction for new or experienced judges on the knowledge and skills necessary to preside over an effective child abuse…

05/04/15
Report
Research Report: 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Institute

A recurring training offered by the NCJFCJ is the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) which provides instruction in dependency court best practices for judicial officers who have either been newly assigned to child abuse…

06/23/14
Report
Research Report: 2013 Child Abuse and Neglect Institute in Atlant…

The Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) is a week-long training program that provides instruction in dependency court best practices for judicial officers who have been recently assigned to child abuse and neglect cases. Since…

06/18/14
Report
Reasonable Efforts in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases that Involve …

Researchers and professionals in the field have known for years that domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families. The extent to which this happens is hard to estimate, with early studies indicating overlaps…

03/01/12
Publication
Building a Better Court: Measuring and Improving Court Performanc…

This Guide and its Companion Toolkit outline a process that courts can use to measure court performance and judicial workload. The Companion Toolkit is available in PDF and Word versions.

03/01/12
Publication
Resource Guidelines: Supporting Best Practices and Building Found…

This publication, developed from interviews with Resource Guidelines founders, and a review of relevant background material, provides an overview of the genesis of the Guidelines and, over the years, how it has been used to…

03/01/12
Publication
Back to Basics: Fundamental Application of the Resource Guideline…

Provides examples of practice and strategies utilized by courts to address the best practices outlined in the Resource Guidelines and the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines. (October 2006).

11/08/02
Report
EPIC-SCAN: Educating Physicans In Their Communities - Suspected C…

This document reports on EPIC-SCAN (Educating Physicians in Their Communities – Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect), a program that trains Pennsylvania’s primary care providers to recognize signs of maltreatment in their patients and to respond…

10/29/02
Report
Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Mediation Pilot Project

‘The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) established a goal of one year from removal to permanence for all children taken into protective custody. When the Family Court of Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), N.C.,…

11/01/00
Publication
Adoption and Permanency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in C…

Guides juvenile and family courts in assessing and implementing improvements in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases through the termination of parental rights and adoption process.