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Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
March 6, 2019
  Linking Systems of Care (LSC) for Children and Youth state demonstration sites strive to align activities in each phase of the project – Planning, Implementation, and Sustainability – with the Guiding Principles. Policy decisions should be driven by the Guiding Principles to help stakeholder groups connect developed goals, objectives, and activities to a structure that promotes healing, linked...More
DCST Feb 2018 Research Report
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Asheville, North Carolina)
January 24, 2019
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership
Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership
January 24, 2019
Being a judge doesn’t end when the docket does. Experienced judges understand their duties include much more than overseeing a courtroom. A significant part of a judicial officer’s duties also includes leadership in the community, committee participation, meetings with stakeholders, and ensuring access to justice. Many judges also find time to visit schools, work with youth groups, speak at law-...More
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Voices from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Handling Child Sex Trafficking Cases
January 23, 2019
Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (DCST) is a form of human trafficking and a complex problem in the United States. DCST refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Historically, the juvenile justice system has viewed and treated survivors of DCST as delinquent youth. However, as courts...More
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Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Series
January 18, 2019
  Child sex trafficking occurs every day across the U.S. and can happen to any child. Children involved in child welfare and the juvenile justice system are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims. The NCJFCJ believes juvenile and family court judges can play an important role in identifying child sex trafficking victims and stimulating community and systems collaboration to better serve...More
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Austin, Texas)
June 22, 2018
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (San Diego, California)
June 21, 2018
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
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Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders
January 5, 2018
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) think tank series brings judges together to share knowledge and provide insights on issues of relevance to court improvement and collaborative systems change. The judges invited to participate in think tanks are former and current Model Court Lead Judges. These national judicial leaders have considerable experience leading system-...More
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation
Research Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Washington, D.C.)
November 6, 2017
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the...More
Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook
October 31, 2017
Publication Improves Court Practice in Indian Child Welfare Act Cases The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook to improve court practice for judges in handling Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases. Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 to address the widespread practice of...More

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