NCJFCJ in the State of Georgia
Work and Impact
Requests for technical assistance in 2022.
Trained judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals working to protect Georgia’s children, families, and survivors in our communities in 2022.
Judicial and Associate Members in Georgia.
The NCJFCJ is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Muskogee County and Rockdale County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Teams, which are implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines and other key recommended practices. The NCJFCJ also provides targeted support to the Cherokee County JDTC Team. The NCJFCJ provides targeted support through court assessments, on-site court observation, strategic planning activities, peer-to-peer learning, and individualized training.
With funding support from the NoVo Foundation, the NCJFCJ provides training and technical assistance to the Douglas County Juvenile Court to identify and promote promising practices in juvenile and family courts to address child sex trafficking.
The Dallas NCJFCJ Child Abuse and Neglect Mentor Model Court is recognized for its efforts to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families.
As part of the Implementation Sites Project, the NCJFCJ provides targeted training and technical assistance to the Juvenile Court of Douglas County, under the leadership of Judge Michelle Harrison. The project is designed 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.
The Fulton County Juvenile Probation Department is one of four jurisdictions receiving training and technical assistance as part of an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Second Chance Act award made to the NCJFCJ’s partner, the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Learning Institute. The Improving Juvenile Reentry Program’s Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting project will build state and local capacity to collect and use data to inform decision making, monitor progress of juvenile reentry programs and services, and ensure they meet targeted outcomes for reducing reoffending.
Georgia judicial system professionals participated in the NCJFCJ’s Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI). The institute delivers exemplary instruction on the knowledge and skills necessary to preside over effective child abuse and neglect court processes and to improve outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system.
Judge Wenona C. Belton of Atlanta and Judge Amanda N. Heath of Augusta are Board Directors of the NCJFCJ.
Judge R. Michael Key of LaGrange and Judge Peggy H. Walker of Douglasville are NCJFCJ Past Presidents.