New implementation sites will be “laboratories for change” as they work to implement best practices in child welfare proceedings while sharing with, and learning from, nearly 30 other sites across the country. There is no direct funding available for participating courts.
The NCJFCJ will select new implementation sites based on the following criteria:
- Tribal or state courts (a combination of tribal and state courts will be selected)
- Region or location (a mix of rural, suburban, and urban courts)
- Size of the jurisdiction (a mix of small, medium, and large)
· Readiness for change (ability to assess current court practices and infrastructure; the existence of collaborative efforts and/or a willingness to form collaborative structures; and the readiness and openness of the court and stakeholders to participate in the change process)