NCJFCJ in the State of Washington
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 Washington’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2021
Judicial and Associate Members in Washington
The NCJFCJ leads the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) in Spokane. The FTAP works with a team of local stakeholders to promote the effective implementation of firearms restrictions in domestic violence cases at the federal, state, and local levels.
The NCJFCJ is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Clark County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Team, which is implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines. The NCJFCJ provides targeted support through court assessments; onsite court observation; strategic planning activities; peer-to-peer learning; and individualized training.
The NCJFCJ continues to work with Olympia 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 is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Quinault Indian Nation, which is in the planning stages of implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines.
As part of the Implementation Sites Project, the NCJFCJ provides targeted training and technical assistance to the Spokane County Family Court (under the leadership of Judge Michelle Ressa), to the Suquamish Tribal Court (under the leadership of Judge Cindy Smith), and to the Thurston County Superior Court (under the leadership of Judge Christine Shaller).
The NCJFCJ gave a presentation on diversity during the Equity and Inclusion: Culture, Bias and Access to Justice training hosted by the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association.
In partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice (RFK), the NCJFCJ conducted a juvenile probation data capacity assessment for King County, one of six sites selected for a comprehensive juvenile probation transformation project.
The NCJFCJ has 28 Judicial and Associate Members in Washington. The National CASA/GAL Association for Children, headquartered in Seattle, is an Organizational Member of the NCJFCJ.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (Ret.) and Judge Barbara Mack (Ret.) of Seattle are Board Directors of the NCJFCJ and 2021 Days on the Hill Delegates. Diane Nunn and Tara Perry of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children in Seattle are Sustaining Members of the NCJFCJ.
Washington judicial system professionals received training on the unique role of supervised visitation and safe exchange in the family court system.
Washington 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.
Washington judicial system professionals received training on opioids and the challenges associated with intervention, treatment, and prevention.
Washington judicial system professionals received training on firearms and domestic violence.
Judges and justice system professionals from Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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.