If I Knew Then What I know Now: Lessons Learned from Problem-Solving Courts

Breakout Session

If I Knew Then What I know Now: Lessons Learned from Problem-Solving Courts

Wed, Jun 26, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:10am CDT

About this session

Track: Improving Systems to Support Young Children
Audience level: Intermediary

There is no shortage of lessons to be learned working in child welfare. Families and systems, alike, present with complex circumstances for which often there is no clear solution. Problem solving courts provide an alternative method of practice for juvenile courts that can improve case outcomes, and also better the experiences of families and professionals while enhancing relationships. The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children has partnered over the years with Judge Roger Heideman, Judge Elise White, and other juvenile court judges to provide needs assessments and program evaluation for juvenile court communities and problem-solving courts. During this session, presenters will reflect on lessons learned through their juvenile court and problem-solving court experiences and discuss how these lessons can be applied to child welfare cases outside of the problem-solving court context. Program evaluation data from throughout the years will be presented to highlight key findings to help stimulate conversation around applying our data-informed lessons learned to our overall child welfare practice. 

Intended Audience: Child welfare professionals, legal professionals

Learning objectives

  • Reflect on lessons learned from child welfare and problem-solving court experiences.
  • Discuss key findings from community needs assessments and problem-solving court program evaluation data.
  • Apply problem-solving court best practices and lessons learned to general child welfare practice.