Looking Ahead: Transforming Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare (2022 Juvenile Justice & Children's Rights Section Program)
8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Recent Legislative Changes
Jacquelyn "Jacqui" Greene, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
Review changes in juvenile delinquency law in North Carolina over the past year, including the increase of the minimum age and changes to requirements and processes for court-ordered mental health assessments. Professor Greene also discusses juvenile transfer procedure.
10:10 Restorative Justice
Jon Powell, Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh
The Restorative Justice Clinic at Campbell University's School of Law receives referrals from Wake County schools and juvenile court and conducts victim impact and reentry circles in the prison system and the community. Professor Powell, who serves as the Clinic's director, discusses the role of restorative justice in our community and its impact on juveniles.
11:20 Family Accountability and Recovery Court
Chief Judge Elizabeth A. "Beth" Heath, North Carolina District Court for Judicial District 8, Kinston
This session acquaints participants with proven strategies for child welfare cases in DSS court with a focus on the Family Accountability and Recovery Court (FARC) — a program for parents, guardians or caretakers who are involved with DSS or struggle with substance use. FARC provides treatment, intensive care management, and judicial supervision to increase the likelihood of reunification of families or positive outcomes for parents and children. Due to its success, FARC was recently selected as one of nine Rural Innovation Sites by the Rural Justice Collaborative Advisory Council in partnership with the National Center of State Courts. Judge Heath has been the leader of FARC since its inception 16 years ago.
12:20 Juvenile Justice & Children's Rights Section Annual Meeting
Jared Simmons, North Carolina General Assembly, Legislative Drafting Division, Raleigh, 2021-2022 Section Chair, Presiding
North Carolina implemented many changes in the juvenile justice system from prior reform efforts in past years. This has opened alternatives for the traditional juvenile justice system to assist youth in our communities.
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