Committee on Justice for Children  

Striving to Improve Justice for Children and Families Involved in Georgia's Child Welfare Court Process

About the Committee: 

Since 1995, The Supreme Court's Committee on Justice for Children (J4C) has administered the Court Improvement Project to develop and implement a data driven plan for continous improvement in juvenile dependency cases. Under the direction of the Advisory Committee, Staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts collect and analyze data, create reports and provide trainings for juvenile court stakeholders.  Beginning in 2017, the Supreme Court of Georgia expanded the scope of J4C's work to include court improvement in delinquency and CHINS cases, so that now J4C's work addresses all major areas of juvenile court jurisdiction.

Our broadened assignment requires us to (1) assist in the implementation of nationally recognized best practices in Georgia’s juvenile courts; (2) provide child safety, permanency, and judicial process measures for juvenile courts; (3) work toward ensuring placement stability and decreasing time to permanency for children in foster care; (4) work to improve outcomes for children with delinquency and status - offense cases; (5) advocate for improvements in juvenile law and policy; and (6) ensure technical compliance with federal grant requirements. 

Current Projects

Improving the Quality of Legal Representation

Court Improvement Initiative/Measures

Improving the Appellate Process

Placement Stability

Cold Case Project

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children Project

Foster Parents Notice and Right to be Heard Project

Title IV-E Reimbursement Project

Next J4C Meeting:

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019

Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Judicial Council / Administrative Office of the Courts, Ratley Training Room

Most Recent Meeting:

December 14, 2018

Read a summary of the meeting here.

Annual Child Welfare Summit 2018:

December 3 - 5, at the Omni downtown Atlanta.

Highlights from last year's Child Welfare Summit:

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