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NCJ Number: 166770 Find in a Library
Title: Courts' Role Beyond the Courtroom: A Case Study of New York's Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children and Early Intervention
Journal: Children's Legal Rights Journal  Volume:16  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1996)  Pages:14-22
Author(s): S Dicker; E Schall
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 9
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: New York's Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children is described with respect to its formation, objectives, and efforts to help secure the passage and implementation of the Early Intervention Laws of 1992 and 1993.
Abstract: The Chief Judge of New York's Court of Appeals established the commission in 1988 to focus on the problems of young children and the courts. Its members include judges, State and local officials, attorneys, and child advocates. It began its activities by bringing to the attention of policy makers the problems of the most vulnerable children who pass through the courts; these are young, poor children with serious developmental delays. The commission studied the child developmental research on the components of effective early intervention, Federal requirements, and the existing family court system. It used a variety of strategies to achieve the passage and implementation of the New York Early Intervention Laws. The law was fully implemented statewide by 1994. The results have been promising; more than 15,000 young children are receiving early intervention services, largely in community-based settings. This successful effort taught the commission that it was crucial to bring information on the actual operation of the family court order process to the attention of legislators, that the court can benefit from efforts to spotlight its experiences, and that real system change can occur. Reference notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile court procedures
Index Term(s): Child development; Child welfare; Juvenile court reform; New York; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Youth advocates
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