National Resource Center for Legal & Judicial Issues. Member of the TA Network & Service of the Children’s Bureau. Webinar July 8, 2010. Partner Organizations. ABA Center on Children and the Law The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
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Member of the TA Network &
Service of the Children’s Bureau
July 8, 2010
ABA Center on Children and the Law
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
The National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI) is dedicated to achieving safety, permanence and well-being for abused and neglected children through improved laws, judicial decision-making, legal representation, and improved relationships among courts, agencies, and other partners.
The Resource Center provides consultation, training, and technical assistance on all legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system, including federal law, court improvement, agency and court collaboration, permanency planning, legal representation, and other emerging child welfare issues.
Hon. Joanne Brown (ret.)
Diane Boyd Rauber
Hon. Steven Rideout (ret.)
Hon. Bill Jones (ret.)
National Council of Juvenile
and Family Court Judges
Nancy Miller Hon. Stephen Rubin
Elizabeth Whitney Barnes Hon. Dale Koch
Melissa Bahmer Shirley Dobbin
Julianna Ormsby Sophie Gatowski
Gina Jackson Candice Maze
National Center for State Courts
Victor Eugene Flango Aaron Gorrell
Methods of Dissemination
Child and Family Service Reviews, focusing on role of the legal community (why and how)
Improving legal representation, specific to parent, child and agency representation
CIP strategic planning -- drafting and implementation
Strategic planning for courts
Use of information technology in the court
Improving court procedure and practice
Collaboration among agencies, courts, and other key stakeholders
Judicial Decision-making (Safety, CCC, subject matter checklists)
There are no uniform blueprints that apply to all courts
NRC for Organizational Improvement
NRC for Child Welfare Data and Technology
NRC for Permanency and Family Connections
NRC for Child Protective Services
NRC for Adoption
NRC for the Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids
NRC for Tribes
NRC for In Home Services
1. Assist states with legal issues around Child & Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) & Program Improvement Plans (PIPs)
2. Strengthen States’ Court Improvement Programs & Assist with Fundamental CIP Goals
The overall goal of RCLJI is to improve child safety, permanency, and well-being through improved laws, policies, and legal and judicial practice.
Judges and lawyers are key partners in achieving this goal
To reach this goal, RCLJI will:
3. Improve Implementation of Federal & Interjurisdictional Laws
4. Improve Legal Representation for Agencies, Children, & Parents
5. Enhance Participation of Children, Parents, & Relatives in court/agency processes
6. Promote Court Performance through Technology & Automation
7. Enhance Child Well-Being
Help CIPs implement strategic plans (& reassessments/ evaluation)
Integrate CIP goals with PIP strategies and goals.
Develop and implement curricula & training tools / benchcards for judges and court administrators.
Implement data exchange standards.
Develop cutting edge training evaluation tools for CIPs.
Outreach to leadership organizations.
Focus on court improvements that have the greatest and most lasting impact, including timeliness, notice, representation, treatment of parties, information systems and technology, judicial resources, and education.
Help state courts develop and implement performance measurement.
Enhance judicial recruitment and retention.
Improve judicial procedures, rules, and forms.
Coordinate and facilitate grantees meetings (annual CIP Meeting).
Continually update our national CIP Progress Report and online CIP Catalog.
Implementation Focus Activities:
Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care - a national agenda to reduce disproportionality and disparate treatment
Judicial Leadership Curriculum: Building judicially-led collaborative teams to effect system change
Training evaluation tools: Satisfaction, knowledge acquisition, behavior change, effect on outcomes
Courts and CW agencies have the data necessary to create performance measures necessary to monitor progress toward achieving timely permanency
Performance Measures are necessary to monitor achievement of shared goals—better outcomes for children
Outcome measures are a good indicator of success because they force an objective appraisal: did we make a difference?National Center for State Courts(NCSC)
Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
(a five-volume “Toolkit”)
Need for Data Exchange
Timeliness of Decisions
(WA,OR,WV- no cont w/o comp reason)
i.e. mandatory pretrial conferences (CT,ME,GA,IN,RI,MA,NC)
-AgenciesResources for child welfare agencies. -Child and Family Services ReviewsFederal Child and Family Services Reviews.-Court ImprovementResources related to improving court processes in child welfare.-EducationEducational issues for children in child welfare cases. -Interstate PlacementsThe ICPC and other interstate laws.-Kinship CareRelative placements in child welfare cases.-Legal RepresentationRepresentation of parties in child welfare cases.-LegislationMajor child welfare legislation.-TechnologyUse of technology in child welfare.
ABA Permanency Barriers Project
Adolescent Health (PIPPAH)
Bar-Youth/Aging Out of Foster Care
Commission on Youth at Risk
Disaster Planning Child Welfare Law Issues
Fathers in the Child Welfare System
Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center
Health of Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Juvenile Status Offense Projects
Legal Center for Foster Care & Education
Opening Doors/LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Jennifer Renne, Director
NRC on Legal and Judicial Issues
American Bar Association
Center on Children and the Law
740 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005