The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), with support from SJI, held a virtual roundtable discussion last month with representatives from organizations, programs, and agencies serving military-connected families. The roundtable discussion was held to further the NCJFCJ’s efforts to improve support for military-connected families that are involved in the juvenile and family court system. To this end, national-level entities that work with military-connected families were brought together to network, create new or enhance existing connections across organizations, and share information on programs, resources, and training opportunities.
Roundtable participants included representatives from a broad range of civilian organizations, military programs, and offices within the federal government, namely the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, the National Children’s Alliance, Justice for Vets, National Organization for Victim Assistance, the National Military Family Association, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Zero to Three, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, Family Advocacy Programs and JAG Corps staff from military installations, the Department of Defense/Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Participants also included NCJFCJ judges, Military Committee members, and staff.
The roundtable was the most recent activity in NCJFCJ’s Military-Connected Families and the Courts Project, which began in 2018 with funding from SJI. The project’s overall goal is to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to help strengthen collaboration and coordination across state court system professionals, civilian organizations, and military installations in order to better serve military families involved in the juvenile and family courts.
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