Families and Children

This section includes resources and program information in the areas of Family and Juvenile law.  It also includes conference materials and a comprehensive list of publications produced by the Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC).

Of Current Interest

The Impact of Implicit Bias Podcast (19:33) - This podcast features an interview with Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding, professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State University (California). Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making, has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement and education in jurisdictions throughout the country since 2005. As a faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), she has trained judges at court improvement initiatives in over 40 states. Dr. Cameron Wedding has conducted implicit bias Train the Trainer Institutes, webinars, and curriculum development in numerous agencies and states throughout the country. Transcript

Research Update: STAR Court Study: Initial Results
The Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts has partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to conduct a comprehensive study of the Succeeding Through Achievement and Resilience (STAR) Court, a juvenile collaborative court program focused on providing services to commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) or youth at risk of exploitation. This research update provides descriptive data about STAR Court participants.

About Juvenile Collaborative Court Models
This series of briefings provides an introduction to juvenile collaborative courts, including what types of courts exist, how they work, and how they can be replicated, as well as an overview of various juvenile collaborative court models, information about starting a juvenile collaborative court model, and potential impacts of new laws on juvenile collaborative courts.

Beyond the Bench 25: Joining Forces for a Better Future for Children and Families occurred on December 17–18, 2019, with pre-conference events on December 16, 2019.  Beyond the Bench is a statewide conference with a tradition of multi-disciplinary learning and collaboration to provide innovative solutions for adapting to new policies and practices and improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Human Trafficking in California: Toolkit for Judicial Officers  contains information that is useful and relevant to judicial officers who may come across the variety of cases in which a sex trafficking victim may be a party or witness.

Dual Status Youth Data Standards (AB 1911): In this legislative report, the Judicial Council recommends that to improve outcomes for dual status youth the California legislature should mandate a standard set of definitions applicable to dual status youth, identify outcomes that should be tracked statewide, and create a process by which a common identifier can be created for this population of youth.

Contact Info

Center for Families, Children & the Courts

Operations & Programs Division
Judicial Council of California

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California

E-mail: cfcc@jud.ca.gov


Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation

An introduction to the court process for parents who have had children removed from their care.