More than 300 court and legal professionals attended a November 20 webinar to understand research on judicial decision-making and hearing quality in child welfare court cases and why they should be aware of these findings. The hourlong session featured JBA’s Anne Fromknecht, along with partners Alicia Summers (Data Savvy Consulting), Sophia Gatowski (Systems Change Solutions), and Eva J. Klain (American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law).
Child welfare courts are concerned with the safety, permanency, and well-being of children involved in the child welfare system. Judges presiding over these cases make critical decisions about children’s lives, such as when they enter and exit out-of-home care and where they live when out of their home.
This webinar introduced the Understanding Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare project funded through the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and the Children’s Bureau. Topics included—
- Factors influencing judicial decision-making and hearing quality in child welfare court cases
- Current knowledge about the link between judicial decision-making and child welfare hearing quality to case outcomes
- Areas for future research
- How attendees can support current and future research
Watch the webinar recording.