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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…

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…

04/27/21
Publication
Seeing What’s Underneath: A Resource for Understanding Behavior…

Juvenile court can be a stressful environment— for everyone. But for court-involved youth, it can also be embarrassing, confusing, and traumatic. Youth may fail to meet adults’ expectations to be respectful and compliant or to…

10/22/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
5 Ways Prosecuting Attorneys and Public Defenders Can Use Public …

The relationship between prosecuting attorneys and public defenders is adversarial in nature. However, due to the rise of problem-solving courts and the use of multi-disciplinary teams, this relationship has become less adversarial. Most common are…

10/22/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
5 Ways Social Service Administrators Can Use Public Health Data a…

Social service agency administrators are responsible for identifying an array of resources to serve youth and families. Also, these administrators are responsible for evaluating program effectiveness and ensuring equity. Their work is critical for youth…

10/22/20
Technical Assistance Bulletin
5 Ways Juvenile Probation Administrators Can Use Public Health Da…

Juvenile probation administrators are responsible for ensuring that their probation department equitably offers evidence-based services to youth. It is important that these services meet the needs of youth, and that the services foster positive outcomes.…

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…

09/22/20
Bench Card
Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement: Obstacles …

This bench card, created in partnership by the NCJFCJ and the National Juvenile Defender Center and funded by the State Justice Institute, is intended to assist judges in considering the consequences of juvenile court involvement that…

03/24/14
Publication
Starting a Juvenile Drug Court: A Planning Guide

This guide maps out a sequence of steps for starting a juvenile drug court, beginning with your first planning meeting. For each step, you’ll find background about why the step is important, key points to…

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) &…

08/11/20
Annual Report
Reflection & Redefinition: Annual Report 2019

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2019 Annual Report, Reflection & Redefinition, looks back at the extraordinary achievements of the NCJFCJ in 2019. The members of the NCJFCJ are the driving…