News Archive

First 100 Days: Recommendations for the New Administration
January 6, 2017
To: President-elect Donald Trump   From: Joey Orduna Hastings, Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)   Re: Expanding and Improving Opportunities for Vulnerable Children and Families: Recommendations for the Administration, and Commitment of the NCJFCJ...
Judge Erik Pitchal
January 5, 2017
Today the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation – the Nation’s living memorial to the 33rd President – announced that it will present the 2017 Stevens Award to Judge Erik S. Pitchal of New York, in a ceremony to take place in May at the U.S. Supreme Court.     First appointed to the bench in 2013, Judge Pitchal presides in Brooklyn Family Court, where he hears cases involving child abuse and...
NCJFCJ Recognizes January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January 5, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recognizes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month as an opportunity to call attention to the issue of domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) and the judiciary’s efforts to improve outcomes for child victims. Children, who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, whether presently or in the...
NCJFCJ Announces New Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines Webinar Series
December 30, 2016
  The Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Guidelines have been released! The Guidelines are based on current research and will serve as the framework for JDTCs now and in the future. Join the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for the three-part series which will explore the Guidelines in an interactive online workshop.     Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines...
OJJDP Releases Guidelines for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
December 21, 2016
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines. Juvenile drug treatment courts are designed for youth with substance use disorders who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. These courts offer a way to respond to the needs of substance using youth and treat their complex disorders, which require specialized...
OJJDP Revises Policy for Monitoring States’ Compliance with Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
December 20, 2016
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has updated its “OJJDP Policy: Monitoring of State Compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.” This revised policy, posted on the OJJDP website, describes the information that states must submit to demonstrate compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act...
NCJFCJ Announces $10.5 Million in Grants in 2016 to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
December 16, 2016
(Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced today that it has received 33 new and supplemental awards providing more than $10.5 million in additional funding. The NCJFCJ is devoted to ensuring justice and improving outcomes for families and children in courts nationwide. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the NCJFCJ is the nation’s oldest...
BIA Releases Updated Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act
December 12, 2016
Today, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) released updated Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guidelines, effective immediately. This is the second update to the guidelines since their original release in 1979 and a revision last year. The guidelines were created to assist with ICWA implementation and this latest version is also intended to serve as a companion for the ICWA Regulations, which were...
U.S. Department of Justice Public Safety Funding Available to Federally-Recognized Tribes and Tribal Consortia
December 5, 2016
The Department of Justice today announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.  The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) posts today at
Dr. Isaiah Pickens Will Deliver Opening Keynote Address at the NCJFCJ's 2017 National Conference on Juvenile Justice
December 5, 2016
Dr. Isaiah Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in consulting, counseling, and educational services for families, teens, and young adults. Dr. Pickens is also the Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Network and the founder of iOpening Enterprises, a multi-media company providing mental health...