Families and Children

Overview

The Center for Court Innovation has developed a range of programs intended to improve how the justice system works with children. Although varied, these programs share an emphasis on improved information to ensure children receive appropriate, timely services; links to community-based agencies to help enhance children's well-being; customized responses that provide children greater protection and support; improved accountability to enhance the system's responsiveness; and a focus (when appropriate) on addressing children's needs within the context of their families.

Publications

UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

By Bo Twiggs

This monograph describes UPNEXT, a job training and family engagement program based out of the Midtown Community Court that serves unemployed men and non-custodial fathers. 

Publications

Meeting the Needs of Infants in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Process Evaluation of the Strong Starts Court Initiative

Meeting the Needs of Infants in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Process Evaluation of the Strong Starts Court Initiative

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report is a process evaluation designed to document the first nine months of the Strong Starts Court Initiative, a collaborative problem-solving approach for infants (three years or younger) and families involved in child abuse and neglect cases in Bronx Family Court.

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Publications

Supervised Visitation

Supervised Visitation

By Kathryn Ford and Samantha Moore

A paper that looks at what courts should know when working with supervised visitation programs.

Audio

Parent Support Program Helps Repair Parent-Child Relationships

Parent Support Program Helps Repair Parent-Child Relationships

The graduation of seven fathers serves as a jumping off point for Liberty Aldrich, director of the Center for Court Innovation's family and domestic violence programming, to discuss the Kings County Parent Support Program, which links non-custodial parents with needed services to increase child support payments and maintain healthy parent-child relationships.

Interviews

Amy Pumo, Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, the Bronx, New York

Amy Pumo, Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, the Bronx, New York

Amy Pumo is the director of the Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

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Articles

Youth Justice Board Presents Recommendations on Permanency Planning

Youth Justice Board Presents Recommendations on Permanency Planning

The Center’s Youth Justice Board conducted a year-long study of New York City’s permanency planning process. The resulting report proposes 14 specific recommendations to improve the court experiences and outcomes for adolescents in foster care.

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Most Popular Research

Publications

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

By Rachel Swaner and Julia Kohn

This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight sites nationwide that were selected to participate in the Attorney General's Defending Childhood demonstration program. This report describes the strategies the sites chose and draws key lessons from the planning phase. 

Publications

Love One Another and Take Care of Each Other: A Process Evaluation of the Rocky Boy’s Children Exposed to Violence Project

Love One Another and Take Care of Each Other: A Process Evaluation of the Rocky Boy’s Children Exposed to Violence Project

By Lama Hassoun Ayoub

Rocky Boy’s Children Exposed to Violence Project was informed by a commitment to culture as prevention—reconnecting youth and families with the Chippewa Cree language, culture, and traditions. The primary components of the initiative were advocacy and case management for children and families coping with exposure to violence; crisis intervention services; treatment referrals; traditional healing ceremonies; and community awareness and education activities. (April 2015)

Publications

Nawicakiciji – Woasniye – Oaye Waste: A Process Evaluation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Defending Childhood Initiative

Nawicakiciji – Woasniye – Oaye Waste: A Process Evaluation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Defending Childhood Initiative

By Rachel Swaner

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Defending Childhood Initiative incorporated the Lakota way of life in all of its programming and approaches and viewed bringing back Lakota culture as a form of prevention work. The Rosebud DCI model focused heavily on providing case management services for children who have been exposed to violence. Staff facilitated traditional healing ceremonies and made referrals to culturally appropriate treatment, as well provided court- and school-based advocacy. Additionally, the initiative focused on bringing awareness about children’s exposure to violence and available resources to the different communities and schools on the reservation. Finally, staff worked to revise tribal legislation and policy to be more responsive to children’s exposure to violence. (April 2015)

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