Our Policy • The NCJFCJ has adopted policy and corresponding initiatives that support judicial leaders in convening, developing, and maintaining programs of interagency cooperation and coordination among the court and various public agencies that serve at-risk children, victims, and families. • The NCJFCJ has been leading the way in changing working relationships, culture, and operating environments of juvenile and family courts to be more holistic through support of judicially-led collaborations. • Among other policy positions, through the Key Principles of Project ONE (One family-one judge, No wrong door, Equal and coordinated access to justice) the NCJFCJ supports engagement of families, professionals, and communities to effectively support child safety, permanency, and well- being; victim safety; offender accountability; healthy family functioning; and community protection. Our Work • Through experience working on the ground in juvenile and family courts through projects like the Dependency Model Courts, Juvenile Justice Model Courts, and providing onsite technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing the Greenbook, 1 the NCJFCJ has established an understanding of the interconnected nature of cases and needs in juvenile and family courts. • With support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the NCJFCJ is currently working with six sites to implement the Project ONE Key Principles which focus on coordinating resources to serve children, families, and victims of violence; engagement of children, youth, and families in the courtroom and collaborative efforts; and victim safety and empowerment. • The NCJFCJ works closely with the judges in designated Project ONE sites to implement systems reform based on local issues and needs which enhance the court’s capacity to make meaningful change for families. This is achieved through thorough onsite assessments, meetings with service providers and key stakeholders, strategic planning, targeted training, assistance with resource mapping, and research and evaluation focused on outcomes for children, youth, and families. • Utilizing an institutional analysis methodology, the NCJFCJ conducts assessments of Project ONE sites and other courts and provides recommendations aimed at improving court experiences for victims and others who have been exposed to trauma. • The NCJFCJ advances practice in juvenile and family courts around the nation by disseminating information on Project ONE courts and coordinated court models.
1 This publication is officially titled Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice Greenbook .
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