• October 2009
  • Vol. 10, No. 8

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Addressing Racial Disproportionality in the Courts

Reducing racial disproportionality and disparate treatment of minority children is the focus of a new initiative from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative brings together judicial officers and other systems’ experts to set a national agenda for court-based training, research, and reform initiatives to reduce the disproportionate representation of children of color in dependency court systems.

The Initiative is working to identify and evaluate all decision points in the dependency court system to determine where specific action can be taken and to recommend strategies for court and systems change. Resources available on the website include a national agenda, implementation tools, project news, a newsletter, research data, model court data, and links to other resources.

The Initiative is funded by Casey Family Programs and supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Information can be found on the NCJFCJ website:


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