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December/January 2019Vol. 19, No. 10Improving Child Welfare Through Judicial Leadership

Given the court system's critical role in child welfare, a concerted effort by judicial leaders to improve strategies and outcomes can have a comprehensive and long-lasting effect on children and families. In a recent article in IN SESSION, an e-magazine published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Children's Bureau puts out a call for judges to focus on how they can reshape child welfare through practice in their courtrooms. By focusing on key areas, such as reasonable efforts determinations, judges can help reduce the need to remove children from their families, thereby decreasing the trauma families experience when separated.

"A Call for Judicial Leadership in Reshaping Child Welfare in the United States," by Jerry Milner and David Kelly (IN SESSION, Fall 2018), is available at