NCJFCJ in the State of California
Work and Impact
Requests for technical assistance in 2021
Trained judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals working to protect California’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2021
Judicial and Associate Members in California
The NCJFCJ is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Team, which is implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines and other key recommended practices.
As part of the Implementation Sites Project, the NCJFCJ provides targeted training and technical assistance to the Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt (under the leadership of Judge Joyce Hinrichs), the Superior Court of California, County of Orange (under the leadership of Judge Joanne Motoike) and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court (under the leadership of Judge Leona Colegrove) to improve practice in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases, reduce the number of children in foster care, and improve outcomes for children in care.
California judicial system professionals received training on opioids and the challenges associated with intervention, treatment, and prevention.
As an activity of the Enhanced Resource Guidelines (ERG): Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the NCJFCJ provides dependency data capacity assessments to the ERG Implementation Site in Orange County.
California judicial system professionals participated in the NCJFCJ's Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Virtual Information Expo, a national educational summit.
The San Jose NCJFCJ Mentor Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court and the Los Angeles NCJFCJ Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court are recognized for their efforts to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, juvenile offenders, and their families.
Dr. Robert A. Simon of San Diego is an NCJFCJ Board Director. Mark A. Krasner, Founding Partner at Blanchard, Krasner & French, of La Jolla, is a Board Director and a Sustaining Member of the NCJFCJ. Judge Michael Nash (Ret.) of Los Angeles and Judge Leonard P. Edwards (Ret.) of San Francisco are NCJFCJ Past Presidents. National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) President Judge Richard Blake of Hoopa and Judge Katherine Lucero of San Jose are 2021 Days on the Hill Delegates for the NCJFCJ.
California judicial system professionals received training on the unique role of supervised visitation and safe exchange in the family court system. They received information on innovations and best practices on trauma-informed preventions and interventions and on reaching and effectively serving children and youth who have experienced trauma and victimization.
Judicial system professionals from California participated in the 5 Ways Different Court Stakeholders Can Use Public Health Data and Resources to Address Substance Use Disorders webinar series. Judges, juvenile probation administrators, attorneys, and social service administrators learned how to use public health data to better address substance use disorders in their communities.
California judicial system professionals received training on continuous quality improvement by using data to improve the courts’ handling of dependency hearings.
California judicial system professionals received training on teen dating violence, social media, and the misuse of technology.
Judges and justice system professionals from California received specialized child welfare, domestic violence, and juvenile justice training on current and cutting-edge topics and research during the NCJFCJ’s Annual Conference and National Conference on Juvenile Justice.
The state of California contributes juvenile court data to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This national project of the NCJFCJ provides detailed and accurate information on the activities of the nation's juvenile courts to juvenile justice professionals, policy makers, researchers, and the public.
The landscape of juvenile justice in California is detailed through the Juvenile Justice Geography Policy Practice and Statistics website (JJGPS.org), a project of the NCJFCJ’s research division, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). JJGPS is an online resource that tracks juvenile justice reform in each state, allowing for comparisons within and across states.
The NCJFCJ has 44 Judicial and Associate Members in California.