Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Programs

The vision of the NCJFCJ is a society in which every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective and timely justice.
To further NCJFCJ’s vision, Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Programs focuses on issues such as child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, disproportionality of children of color in dependency and delinquency systems, mental health and trauma, military families, schools and justice, substance abuse, the Indian Child Welfare Act, domestic child sex trafficking, and applied research in juvenile and family courts.
Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Programs also encompasses several projects that engage selected jurisdictions in program, policy, and initiative development to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the outcomes for all children that touch our justice system. These include Implementation Sites, Model Courts, and Project ONE. Through individualized technical assistance responses, the NCJFCJ provides these jurisdictions -- and numerous other courts and allied organizations across the nation -- with information and training to improve outcomes for some of our most vulnerable populations.
Click the links to the left to learn more about specific programs and our work in these important areas, to request technical assistance on a specific topic, or to browse publications or other resources.