Pro-DATA is a free resource cre­at­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion to sup­port data-dri­ven deci­sion-mak­ing and data trans­paren­cy in youth jus­tice at the local and state lev­els. This online tool is open to all juris­dic­tions by request. Pro-DATA is an appli­ca­tion … Read More

The Racial Justice Organization Assessment Tools for Court

Final Report – February 2023 Executive Summary In July of 2020, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) resolved to “intensify efforts to combat racial prejudice within the justice system, both explicit and … Read More

Louisiana’s Families in Need of Services
Laws Providing the Right Services to
Children and Families

By Curtis Nelson, Jr. Everyone monitoring news outlets have heard comments that more needs to be done to prevent children from engaging in criminal activity, which, due to their minor status, is referred to as delinquency activity. Concerns about public … Read More

Overview: LSBA Children’s Law Committee Continuing Advocacy for Louisiana’s Future

By Curtis Nelson, Jr., Kellie J. Johnson and Mariarenee Contreras The Children’s Law Committee was created in 2008 as an ad hoc committee at the request of the state Legislative Task Force on Legal Representation in Child Protection Cases. Since … Read More

Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions

This publication presents an overview of State statutes that designate the appropriate jurisdiction and venue for adoption proceedings. Jurisdiction refers to the type of court that has the authority to hear adoption cases; venue refers to the geographic location of … Read More

My Community Cares – Transforming Child Welfare Systems

How does My Community Cares in Louisiana build strong neighborhoods that keep families together? My Community Cares (MCC) is a community-driven approach that strives to bring together community members and agencies committed to a shared vision of promoting child and … Read More

Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team Have It?

Child and Family Futures is pleased to announce the release of the third resource in the Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative (PFR) Putting Ideas Into Action: Knowledge Application Series: Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team … Read More

Family Treatment Courts – Strategy Briefs

Children and Family Futures (CFF), in partnership with Casey Family Programs, has developed a series of three briefs on family treatment courts (FTCs). The briefs inform professionals in child welfare, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, courts, and other key stakeholders about the … Read More

Conceptual Model of Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare

This new brief presents a conceptual model that shows how aspects of the child welfare court process relate to case outcomes for children and families. This model can help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers better understand the child welfare court process … Read More

Child Welfare Court Cases Involving Prenatal Substance Use: Policy Considerations

State supreme and appellate courts presiding over civil child protection cases often decide legal issues relating to a mother’s prenatal use of substances. As courts answer questions that arise during child welfare proceedings, they often interpret state civil child abuse … Read More