|Model Court Practices
in Abuse and Neglect Cases
||Thursday, February 10, 2000
victimized by abuse and neglect need permanent placements as soon as possible,
decreasing the health and safety risks associated with lingering in foster
care. On any given day in America, more than 520,000 children are living
in foster care and as many as 60 percent of children who outgrow the foster
care system end up homeless.
national attention has begun to focus on the plight of these children.
Removed from their own homes, which failed to nurture them, these children
desperately need the sense of security that a permanent home provides.
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 set new guidelines for court
processing of child abuse and neglect cases. Although court and systems
improvement programs based at the State, community and jurisdictional levels
parallel one another, often they do so without coordinating or collaborating
even at the local level. Providing permanency in a timely manner to abused
and neglected children requires close and concentrated collaboration among
courts, social services, and the communities in which they function.
February 10, 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention, in cooperation with the National Council of
Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Permanency Planning for Children Department,
and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau,
will host a “live” national satellite broadcast to address the need to
improve the handling of abuse and neglect cases. This satellite broadcast
will provide state-of-the-art information relevant to the field; inform
professionals involved in publicly or privately supported court and systems
improvement efforts about innovative practice improvements; discuss improvements
through judicial leadership and communitycollaboration; and, examine specific
roles each discipline can play in improving practice.
model court practices for abused and neglected children.
the improvement of permanency planning for children through thorough judicial
review and timely resolution of each child’s case.
methods of improved collaboration between the child welfare system and
the dependency courts by illustrating working program models.
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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