On September 1720, 2006 in Providence, RI, OJJDP cosponsored a conference held by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Juvenile Court Services Association (NCSA).
The conference addressed issues such as juvenile probation, dispositional alternatives, and mental health issues in juvenile justice, as well as case management of juvenile sex offenders. Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for Programs, OJJDP, was a keynote speaker. OJJDP staff member Scott Peterson served on the conference faculty.
Dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the nation's juvenile courts, NCJFCJ members include more than 1,700 judges, referees, commissioners, masters, and other juvenile and family professionals. NCJFCJ provides training, technical assistance, and research to help the nation's courts address a variety of juvenile and family-related issues, including child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, juvenile delinquency, and family violence. Among the NCJFCJ projects funded by OJJDP are the Permanency Planning for Children Department and the National Juvenile Court Data Archive.
The Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD) works with judges, jurisdictions, and communities nationwide to implement best practices and improve outcomes for the nation's abused and neglected children and their families. Through national projects and initiatives, training and technical assistance, and research, PPCD assists judges to ensure that each child's case is handled expeditiously and that safety, permanency, and well-being are paramount.
In one such initiative, PPCD assists OJJDP in implementing the Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act (SANCA) in six states: Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, New Jersey, and Virginia. Project partners in each of these sites are helping to improve automated information systems, implement performance measurement, and perform other related management functions specifically for child abuse and neglect (dependency) litigation.
Established by OJJDP and maintained by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJFCJ's research arm), the National Juvenile Court Data Archive houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The Archive provides juvenile justice professionals, policymakers, researchers, and the public with the most detailed information available on the activities of the nation's juvenile courts. In addition to identifying, collecting, and documenting data, the Archive analyzes data, prepares special analysis reports, and serves as an information clearinghouse, responding to information requests from Federal, State, and local justice agencies, researchers, data suppliers, and the media.
In fiscal year 2005, the Archive collected case-level data on several million delinquency cases handled by the Nation's juvenile courts dating back to 1985. Data from state and local administrative information systems were standardized for reporting in the annual Juvenile Court Statistics report and various presentations on OJJDP's online Statistical Briefing Book. These data provide users with national estimates of juvenile court delinquency case processing and profiles of the youth involved. The Juvenile Court Statistics report released in fiscal 2005 was one of the most popular OJJDP publications.
NCJFCJ also provides support for OJJDP's Juvenile and Family Drug Courts programs by offering technical assistance on a variety of subjects to adult, juvenile, family, and tribal drug courts and state agencies. In addition, through NCJFCJ, OJJDP offers training programs to those interested in implementing drug courts.
Finally, OJJDP and NCJFCJ together developed the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases. The Guidelines set forth essential elements of effective practice for each court process involved in handling delinquency cases, from intake through post-disposition review.
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