With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges developed the Implementation Sites Project to assist juvenile and family courts to integrate the best practices as outlined in the Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases (ERGs). The Implementation Sites Project provides specialized training and technical assistance to participating sites to improve court practices and outcomes for children in care by comparing current practices with the recommendations for child abuse and neglect case processing outlined in the ERGs and by establishing collaborative multi-disciplinary stakeholder teams to design and implement practice changes that align with the ERGs recommendations.
This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Saginaw County, Michigan, Family Division’s implementation of the ERGs. The Family Division’s Lead Judge, Barbara Meter, completed ERGs training in January 2017 and subsequently trained her judicial officers to implement ERGs-based improvement efforts. During implementation, Judge Meter received intensive technical assistance from the NCJFCJ Implementation Sites Project.
The NCJFCJ also published an evaluation of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Implementation of the Enhanced Resource Guidelines in 2019.