Permanency

Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Courts make a variety of decisions that affect children, including placement and custody determinations, safety and permanency planning, and proceedings for termination of parental rights. Whenever a court makes such a determination, judges must weigh whether the decision will be … Read More

Family First Prevention Services Act Website

Signed into law on February 9, 2018, as a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (HR. 1892), Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. In … Read More

Enhanced Resource Guidelines

Enhanced Resource Guidelines – Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Enhanced version of the Resource Guidelines to improve court practice in child abuse and neglect cases, 20 years after the original publication. “The Enhanced Resource Guidelines will serve as the … Read More

Education Stability for Foster Care

Supporting School Stability for Children in Foster Care during COVID-19 and Beyond

As a judge overseeing child welfare cases, you play a critical role ensuring children and youth in foster care are staying on track and making progress in school. Federal law prioritizes education stability for these children and mandates coordination by … Read More

Family

Utilizing Title IV-E Funds to Support High Quality Legal Representation for Children & Youth Who are in Foster Care

ACYF-CB-IM-21-06 Issued: January 14, 2021 from Children’s Bureau Memorandum from the Administration for Children and Families. The purpose of this information memorandum (IM) is to urge all state and tribal title IV-E agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and … Read More

LA Benchbook

Louisiana CINC Benchbook

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … Read More

National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An analysis of trends in crisis connections to the National Runaway Safeline over the past decade (2007-2017).

National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An analysis of trends in crisis connections to the National Runaway Safeline over the past decade (2007-2017).National Runaway Safeline.2018https://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NRS-2018-Trend-Report_Final.pdf

Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caregivers in Permanency Planning

Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caregivers in Permanency Planning: A Competency-Based Curriculum This curriculum was developed by the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (now the National Resource Center Permanency and Family Connections). It is intended to be … Read More

Congressman Danny K. Davis Guide for Grandfamilies on COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

IMPORTANT – Certain grandfamily caregivers may need to quickly give the IRS information about their children in order to get stimulus payments for children in 2020; once payments are sent, one likely must wait till 2021 to get any additional … Read More

System Review 2019-01: Enhanced Response: Restraining and Secluding Children [New Hampshire]

New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate .  Through the lens of child welfare there are layers of safety nets employed to ensure parents are doing what they need to do to keep children safe. At school, recreation programs, churches, and … Read More