267977 Juvenile, dependency and family court systems meet OEF/OIF/New Dawn military and veteran families: Clashing cultures or promoting partnerships?

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Kathleen West, DrPH , USC School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, Los Angeles, CA
Shawn Marsh, PhD , Juvenile and Family Law Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, NV
The US all-volunteer military has experienced unprecedented levels of deployments and combat/operational stress over the last decade. Multiple studies have now described the special challenges and heightened stressors faced by military families and families whose veterans are returning from war. Civilian court systems and related service providers especially those located in communities with high concentrations of military, reserve and guard, and veterans - are facing increasing challenges as they try to meet the special needs posed by this unique, growing, and increasingly underserved population. To better understand the challenges ahead, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge's (NCJFCJ) created a Military Issues Committee in March 2011 tasked with identifying key problems and developing recommendations to improve Court personnel awareness of and competence with this subgroup. Findings from a December 2011 NCJFCJ national survey of 402 judges and related personnel will be shared with special focus on concerns related to intimate partner violence, (IPV), domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect cases in this population. Recommendations for best practices on collaboration with military and local reservist centers, improved screening, and case monitoring will be highlighted.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
- Summarize key findings from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges survey regarding IPV/DV and child abuse and neglect concerns - Describe medical/biological challenges facing service members/veterans that may be relevant to case plan implementation in civilian courts - Explain unique child custody issues and military regulations and constraints that affect courts and child welfare personnel practice, communication, and service plans

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am on the Committee that designed, disseminated and analyzed the data from which this presentation is based and have worked with military families for 4 years and with NCJFCJ for 30 years+.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.