Arizona Judicial Branch

Recommended Reading

Child and Family Law Meets Brain Science (video link)
NCJFCJ, July 21, 2014
In response to an increasing awareness of brain science, judges and the legal community should strive to focus law and policy to build the capacity of caregivers and the communities in which children grow and learn.

One Family, Five Courts, One Judge: Consolidating Cases in Non-Unified Family Courts 
Juvenile and Family Justice Today, Fall 2010
According to my calendar, Jack Jones v. Diane Jones was a routine divorce case with children.  One of twenty cases on my calendar that day, it was set for 15 minutes.  Because neither party was represented by counsel, I started the hearing by setting the stage and framing the issues.  I explained that in order to get to the information I needed to complete the dissolution of their marriage, I would ask questions of each of them, and presumably, when the hearing was over, they would be divorced.

Pima Court Program Gets Fathers Involved in Their Children's Lives
Arizona Daily Star, December 26, 2010
When Bryan O'Neill looks in the mirror he sees a winner.  He's been clean and sober more than two years.  He is raising his 23-month-old daughter, and he's managing a restaurant. 

Four Adopted Siblings, Lots of Stress, December 31, 2010

Several readers have written about the challenges their foster and adopted children face during the holidays. Others responded with gratitude for the reassurance about human potential that these families’ stories give.

No Equity In Adoption For Black Children, February 2, 2011
The numbers for black foster children is glaring. There are over half a million children in the foster care system in the United States, and African-Americans make up nearly 40 percent of that number. U.S. Census data shows black children in foster care, especially older ones, are less likely than white children to be adopted.

Nutrition Assistance for Foster Children 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, February 3, 2011

USDA today announced that children placed into the foster care system by a state or court are categorically eligible to receive free meals in all USDA child nutrition programs.

New Tools for Judges on Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare Cases
Used with Permission from Judge Len Edwards (ret.)
Judge Len Edwards (ret.) produced four videos that provide practical guidance to judges on locating and involving fathers in child welfare cases.  For more information on this project, please visit: 

Video 1: Identifying/Locating the Father

Video 2: Establishing Paternity

Video 3: Explaining Father's Rights & Responsibilities

Video 4: Engaging Fathers

Interviewing the Child Client 

American Bar Association Production posted to YouTube
This video, produced by the American Bar Association, discusses approaches and successful techniques to use when interviewing a child client.