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Model Dependency Courts Initiative


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The Model Courts project is a cutting-edge and effective catalyst for systems change implementation using court-based innovations to enhance practice in the child welfare system and improve outcomes for children and families. "Modeling" systems change approaches, Model Courts are located in over 65 jurisdictions, including statewide model court jurisdictions in New York, Kentucky and Florida, and representing 27 states including the District of Columbia and the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. The project also includes four tribal nations.

Model Courts have served as the laboratories for implementation of ground-breaking practice from the foundational best practices of the Resource Guidelines to implementation of the judicially-led national agenda of the Courts Catalyzing Change (CCC) initiative to reduce disproportionality and disparities for children and families of color. The on-the-ground implementation framework of the project represents a unique and vital tool in local and statewide systems change efforts.
Programs and FundingTop  
OJJDP awards funds for this program through a competitive solicitaion process.
Training and Technical AssistanceTop  
NCJFCJ provides intensive training and technical assistance to designated model courts. Limited assistance may be available to other jurisdictions as well. Interested parties should contact NCJFCJ's Permanency Planning for Children Department (see Contacts).
Training and Technical Assistance Contact(s)
Permanency Planning for Children Department
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
 Elizabeth Whitney Barnes J.D.
Assistant Director
Other Resources
Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases. NCJFCJ.