Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,800,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will operate four projects designed to provide the juvenile and family justice field with state-of-the-art training, technical assistance, and research support. The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD), and the Juvenile and Family Law Department (JFLD) of the NCJFCJ developed this proposal collaboratively. The four projects include the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, the Technical Assistance to the Juvenile Court Project, the Permanent Families for Abused and Neglected Children: A National Training and Technical Assistance Project, and the Juvenile Justice and Family Law Training and Technical Assistance Project.
The National Juvenile Court Data Archive, administered by National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), collects, documents, and preserves original data files containing automated case records compiled by the nation's juvenile courts, and then restructures the data sets into formats that will support research, including the annual Juvenile Court Statistics reports. In addition to this report series that dates back to 1927, the Archive disseminates information through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) online Statistical Briefing Book in a variety of other formats.
The Technical Assistance to the Juvenile Court Project, administered by NCJJ, provides one-to-one responses on a broad array of juvenile court and juvenile justice issues; provides proactive responses to larger audiences on current, pressing, or emerging issues in the field through publications and workshops; and maintains and enhances the State Profiles Web site that provides information and links to other sources of information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Permanent Families for Abused and Neglected Children: A National Training and Technical Assistance Project, administered by NCJFCJ's Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD), provides national training and TA centering on improving permanency outcomes for abused and neglected children.
Juvenile Justice and Family Law Training and Technical Assistance Project, administered by NCJFCJ's Juvenile and Family Law Department (JFLD), provides national training and TA in the field of juvenile delinquency and family law. The project addresses the need for continuing education for the juvenile and family law bench, and provides expertise in complex areas of juvenile and family justice. In addition to training judges and other key court service professionals, the project provides TA and promulgation of recommended practices as contained in the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases.
Together, these projects provide critical resources necessary to continue the important work of improving system responses to child abuse and neglect and delinquency, and to help facilitate better outcomes for children, youth, families, victims, and communities across the nation.