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PENNSYLVANIA

In 2021, the NCJFCJ fulfilled more than 529 requests for technical assistance and trained more than 5,749 judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals across the nation.

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Requests for technical assistance in 2021
204
Judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals trained in 2021
39
Members

NCJFCJ in the State of Pennsylvania

Work and Impact

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Requests for technical assistance in 2021

204

Trained judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals working to protect Pennsylvania’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2021

39

Judicial and Associate Members in Pennsylvania

The NCJFCJ held the 2021 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh on March 21-24, 2021. The NCJFCJ will hold the 2022 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh on March 13-16, 2022.

With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the NCJFCJ and its partners provide training, technical assistance, and evaluation to the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) through the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence and Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) to gather, develop, test, and disseminate data on interventions to improve outcomes for families experiencing domestic violence involved in the child welfare system; promote and strengthen collaboration among stakeholders; enhance identification of domestic violence; improve processes for decision making; and identify opportunities to enhance capacity to respond to domestic violence.

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, to improve the handling of child abuse and neglect cases, reduce the number of children in foster care, and improve outcomes for children in care.

Pennsylvania judicial system professionals received training on opioids and the challenges associated with intervention, treatment, and prevention.

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 is a Fellow in the second class of the JEN Fellowship Program, which was extended into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCJFCJ continues to work with Philadelphia to customize and pilot the Model Custody and Visitation Guide (Guide) and workshop curricula that the NCJFCJ developed 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 (SRL Project). The Guide, a template for custody and visitation cases involving domestic violence, is designed to help judges, court staff, and other professionals who understand the law and court procedures but may lack a solid understanding of domestic violence and how to address its impact on custody and visitation orders. The workshops are designed to assist self-represented survivors prepare and present their custody case in a way that ensures needed information reaches the decision maker.

The NCJFCJ has 39 Judicial and Associate Members in Pennsylvania.

Judge Lori A. Dumas of Philadelphia is an NCJFCJ Board Director and a 2021 Days on the Hill Delegate. Judith T. Horgan is an NCJFCJ Board Director and Sustaining Member.

Pennsylvania judicial system professionals participated in the NCJFCJ's Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Virtual Information Expo, a national educational summit. 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 professionals from Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania judicial system professionals received training on continuous quality improvement by using data to improve the courts’ handling of dependency hearings.

Judges and justice system professionals from Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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, policymakers, researchers, and the public.

The landscape of juvenile justice in Pennsylvania 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.

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