Judicial Reform

Judicial Reform 2017-02-15T12:14:43+00:00

Kids should not have to wait for permanency.

One of the most important ways we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve is to ensure the court system is the best it can be. That begins with making sure that the needs of every child are the most important factor driving every judicial process and decision.

One family. One team. One focus.

In 2013, Amara brought together community partners to develop recommendations about how our court system could do more to help kids and families. That conversation turned into the One Family One Team Public-Private Partnership, supported by the legislature and a private funder.

Project Goals:

  1. To bring together and support judicial officers and the other players involved with the courts, empowering them to make the best possible decisions for children.
  2. To increase permanency for kids in foster care and decrease the amount of time kids spend in foster care before being reunified or adopted.
  3. To work with partner organizations and the state to expand child-centered court initiatives statewide and achieve better outcomes for all kids in foster care.

Components of the One Family One Team Model:

  1. Judicial leadership and training
  2. A team approach to cases
  3. Early case resolution
  4. Robust evaluation

One Family One Team Partners:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Center for Children & Youth Justice
Columbia Legal Services
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Office of Civil Legal Aid
Partners for Our Children