Juvenile and Family Matters

Justice-related projects

King County Family and Juvenile Court Operational Master Plan. This project developed and evaluated alternatives for the delivery of justice services and made recommendations for the efficient and effective delivery of justice services for children and families in the King County Superior Court.

Wisconsin Unified Family Court Project. This project evaluated programs in two counties in Wisconsin aimed at resolving multiple cases involving a single family, including criminal and civil child abuse, through a single mediation process.

Dealing with Juvenile Offenders in Adult Criminal Court. CPPS staff collaborated with the National Judicial College in developing and presenting a course for judges covering the special problems that can arise in handling criminal cases involving juvenile offenders who have been transferred to adult criminal court. The project produced a bench book for judges.

Family Violence in Non-Anglo Cultures. This project involved work with two demonstration courts to understand the dimensions of Latino culture that shape responses to family violence and how the courts (and other justice system agencies) might provide better services to Latinos involved in family violence issues.

Developing a Culturally Appropriate ADR Model for Latino Families. In this project, CPPS staff explored the interrelationship between culture and mediation in disputes involving Latino parties and made recommendations for adapting the mediation process to the needs of Latino parties.

Juvenile Justice Survey. This project involved administering a mail survey to 1,200 juvenile justice professionals to provide information for a symposium on the future of the juvenile justice system convened by the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

Hawaii Court Navigation Project. CPPS staff conducted an evaluation of the Judiciary’s Self Help Centers introduced in the Civil Division of the District Court and the Family Court in Hawaii’s First Circuit (Honolulu).

Wisconsin Court Improvement Project. A CPPS team provided assistance to Wisconsin in evaluating and improving how courts and agencies in the larger justice system handle cases involving children in need of protection or services (CHIPS). In this project, staff completed handbooks for four counties that showed the roles of and connections among the different actors in CHIPS cases.

Other projects

EITC Demonstration Project. With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this project demonstrated how child support enforcement information could be used to identify families eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits.

Inside the Black Box: A Study of the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Program in Colorado. Through a related organization, staff (1) analyzed the financial aspects of the RTC program, (2) developed a profile of child welfare youth in RTC placements, (3) documented the types and amount of services offered by RTCs, and (4) explored placement decision making and alternatives to RTCs.

Evaluation of South Carolina’s Visitation, Involvement, Parenting (VIP) Program. This study examined two pilot state programs funded through the federal government's Access and Demonstration Grant program. It assessed the merits and limitations of the two programs and provided recommendations to state policy makers for improvements before expanding the programs statewide.

Colorado Summer Scholars Program Evaluation. Between 2001 and 2006, CPPS staff conducted annual process and outcome evaluations of the after school and summer programs offered by Summer Scholars to at-risk students in the Denver Public School system.

Related Publications

Policy Studies Inc. (August 2006) "King County Superior Court: Targeted Operational Master Plan.

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