NCJFCJ in the State of Pennsylvania
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 Pennsylvania’s children, families, and survivors in our communities in 2022.
Judicial and Associate Members in Pennsylvania.
The NCJFCJ held the 2022 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh on March 13-16, 2022.
With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, the NCJFCJ provides training and technical assistance to the WRAP Court in Philadelphia to enhance juvenile and family court responses to human trafficking.
As part of the Implementation Sites Project, the NCJFCJ provides targeted training and technical assistance to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division, under the leadership of Judge Dwayne Woodruff. 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 Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) Fellowship Program allows judges to enhance their skills as judicial leaders within the court and in their communities around domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking issues. A judge from Pittsburgh, a Fellow in the second class, graduated from the JEN Fellowship Program.
The NCJFCJ completed its work with Pittsburgh, under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women’s (OVW) Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Domestic Violence Survivors in Custody and Visitation Cases Project. The NCJFCJ delivered a customized Model Custody and Visitation Guide and an online course for self-represented litigants based on the guide.
Judicial system professionals from Pennsylvania participated in Courts in the Era of #WeToo: How Judges and Court Managers Can Cooperate to Address Gender-Based Harassment and Abuse, a new training curriculum for courts on addressing workplace harassment. This new curriculum focuses on responding to harassment in the judicial environment while centering the safety, respect, and dignity of people who work in — or who are regularly engaged with — the court.
A Pennsylvania judicial system professional participated in the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Series, which explored the historical and current challenges that racial and ethnic disparities pose for youth in the juvenile justice system and in juvenile drug courts.
Judge Lori A. Dumas of Philadelphia is an NCJFCJ Board Director. Judith T. Horgan of Pittsburgh is a Board Director and a Sustaining Member of the NCJFCJ.