NCJFCJ in the State of Virginia
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 Virginia’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2021
Judicial and Associate Members in Virginia
The Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) Fellowship Program allows judges to enhance their skills as judicial leaders within the court and in their communities on domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking issues. A judge from Fairfax is a Fellow in the third class of the JEN Fellowship Program, which began in 2021.
Virginia is a Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care (LSC) for Children and Youth Technical Assistance project site and works with the NCJFCJ to provide prevention and intervention services to child and youth victims of crime and their families and to build capacity within communities to meet the needs of youth exposed to violence through coordinated, holistic services that promote healing.
As part of the Implementation Sites Project, the NCJFCJ provides targeted training and technical assistance to the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Circuit Court (under the leadership of Judge Scott Landry) and to the Roanoke City Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (under the leadership of Judge Heather Ferguson) 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.
The NCJFCJ is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Tidewater County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Team, which is in the planning stages of implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines. The NCJFCJ provides targeted support through identification of needs through local data; in-person and remote strategic planning to implement a JDTC program; and individualized training and technical assistance.
A Virginia judge received training on trafficking risk factors, victim identification, effective intervention strategies, and cultural considerations during the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.
Virginia judicial system professionals received training on opioids and the challenges associated with intervention, treatment, and prevention.
In partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, the NCJFCJ conducted a juvenile probation data capacity assessment for Fairfax County and provides technical assistance to improve data use and dissemination.
The NCJFCJ has 103 Judicial and Associate Members in Virginia. Communities In Schools, headquartered in Arlington, is an Organizational Member of the NCJFCJ.
Judge Gayl Branum Carr of Fairfax is an NCJFCJ Board Director. Judge Roy B. Willett (Ret.) of Roanoke is an NCJFCJ Past President. Dale Erquiaga of Arlington is a Sustaining Member of the NCJFCJ.
Virginia 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.
Judges and justice system professionals from Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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.