NCJFCJ in the State of Wisconsin
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 Wisconsin’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2021.
Judicial and Associate Members in Wisconsin
Under the leadership of Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez, the NCJFCJ and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton unveiled the Family Read, Play & Learn space in the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center as part of a broader effort in Milwaukee. This project is a partnership with Too Small To Fail, an ongoing initiative of the Clinton Foundation that promotes children’s early brain and language development through juvenile and family courts across the country.
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. Two judges from Green Bay and Milwaukee are Fellows in the second class of the JEN Fellowship Program, which was extended into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Milwaukee County Circuit Court is an NCJFCJ Project ONE site (One family-one judge, No wrong door, Equal and coordinated access to justice), focusing on maximizing judicial coordination of dependency, delinquency, and family law matters, including those involving domestic violence.
The Milwaukee NCJFCJ Mentor Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court is recognized for its efforts to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, juvenile offenders, and their families.
The Milwaukee County Juvenile Probation Department received 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.
The NCJFCJ presented a session on Court Transitions During Community Crises during the Wisconsin Child Welfare and the Courts Conference.
A Wisconsin judicial system professional received training on the unique role of supervised visitation and safe exchange in the family court system.
Wisconsin judicial system professionals received training on opioids and the challenges associated with intervention, treatment, and prevention.
The NCJFCJ gave a presentation at the annual Wisconsin Judicial Conference on Rethinking Risk: Judicial Placement Decisions During the Pandemic and Beyond — Research-Informed Practice to Protect Youth and Communities.
The NCJFCJ has 27 Judicial and Associate Members in Wisconsin.
Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez of La Crosse is a Past President of the NCJFCJ and a 2021 Days on the Hill Delegate.