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Training and Technical Assistance to Implement Broadly Competent Court Systems Change Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,776,976)

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will provide training and technical assistance to develop broadly competent court systems focused on treating families holistically regardless of the door through which they enter the court system. NCJFCJ will provide intensive and specialized training to a broad group of court and system stakeholders on the national, state, and local levels, and evaluate the effectiveness of training and success of system improvement efforts, to create a court-focused body of evidence-based practice. NCJFCJ will implement the following activities: complete the update, design, publication and dissemination of the new dependency RESOURCE GUIDELINES, first published in 1995; conduct RESOURCE GUIDELINES training in partnership with state Court Improvement Projects (CIPs) in up to ten sites; provide intensive training and action planning to up to fourteen Model Courts around the issue of domestic violence and child maltreatment crossover; implement three statewide Model Courts in partnership with state CIPs; provide training and technical assistance to four tribal Model Courts and increase the number of tribal Model Courts by two additional courts; implement PROJECT ONE in up to nine sites through the delivery of intensive technical assistance, including strategic planning, training, and on-site consultation, as well as development of court outcomes measures and evaluation plans to determine the effectiveness of the courts' system reform efforts; convene a Project ONE Lead Judges' Meeting and an All Sites Meeting; support training and technical assistance activities related to children's exposure to violence and other related priorities that will focus on improving the juvenile and family courts' handling of child maltreatment cases; implement the Courts Catalyzing Change (CCC) Benchcard in five juvenile delinquency court sites; provide NCJFCJ staff, judges and other faculty for local, statewide, and national trainings; and other related activities designed to improve the judicial system's handling of child abuse, neglect and related cases.

In addition, over a two year period, the Council, assisted by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Justice Issues Working Group (ICCFASD-JIWG), will develop and implement an initiative to educate judges about the ways that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders impact youth and adults across the full range of court dockets by conducting a survey of the judiciary to gauge baseline understanding of, experience with and identified needs related to FASD in the court; developing a technical assistance bulletin in consultation with subject matter experts based on the results of the survey; and convening a meeting of judges to inform the development of a judicial bench card to raise and address issues that youth and adults with FASD face. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 25, 2012