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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…

02/25/21
Report
Judge's Action Alert: Supporting School Stability for Children in…

This Judge’s Action Alert highlights:  Why prioritizing education is important for children in foster care  Critical education issues for children in foster care  Who is involved in advocating for the education of children in foster care …

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…

02/25/21
Report
Judge’s Action Alert: Supporting Early Legal Advocacy Before Co…

This Judge’s Action Alert highlights:  the reasons for providing legal advocacy early in a child welfare case before court involvement,  roles legal advocates play when appointed before court involvement in a case,  benefits of early, precourt…

12/11/20
Publication
Redefining Judicial Leadership: Stories of Transformative Practic…

Through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funding, the Implementation Sites Project was developed to replicate the infrastructure pioneered by the National Council of Juvenile and Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Model Courts Project.…

10/22/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
5 Ways Juvenile and Family Court Judges Can Use Public Health Dat…

Juvenile and family court judges are leaders and conveners in their communities. Judges need information (data) to accomplish varied activities in their roles – from making individual-level decisions about evidence-based services to convening stakeholder groups…

09/28/20
Brief
Addressing Domestic Violence in Juvenile Dependency Mediation: Sp…

Juvenile dependency mediation is an evidence-based, best practice that focuses on the child’s best interest. It is a collaborative, non-adversarial conversation facilitated by specially trained neutral mediators in a secure, comfortable, and safe setting. This…

09/28/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Things to Know About Child Protection and Domestic Violence

Facing a child protection investigation is scary for any parent and even more for domestic violence survivors. A parent who uses violence against the other parent, not surprisingly, is often found to use violence against…

09/22/20
Publication
Strategies for Engaging Youth and Families with Lived Experiences

Juvenile and family court professionals should work to positively impact the children and families involved in the justice system. Engaging people who have past involvement in the juvenile and family justice system can positively impact…

09/21/20
Publication
Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Child Welfare Workers' Companion Gu…

This Child Welfare Caseworkers’ Companion Guide to the NCJFCJ’s ENHANCED RESOURCE GUIDELINES has been developed with the goal of improving caseworker hearing practice in child abuse and neglect cases generally, but also with a focus on improving…

09/11/20
Brief
Faith, Immigration, and Domestic Violence: Concepts for Working w…

This brief publication provides introductory guidance on the intersection between faith, immigration, and domestic violence. This information is important for both advocates and court professionals, as many immigrant survivors of domestic violence turn to their…

03/30/08
Bench Card
Youth Engagement in Court Bench Cards

The following bench cards were created by the American Bar Association to assist judges when a child is present in the courtroom: Engaging Young Children (ages 0-12 mo) in the Courtroom Engaging Toddlers (ages 1-3) &…