Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard (PPH Benchcard)

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About This Program

Target Population: Judges in the dependency court system where there may be high placement rates into foster care and disparate treatment of children of color

Brief Description

Intended for use during initial juvenile dependency hearings, the Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing (PPH) Benchcard asks judges to reflect on the decision-making process to identify and attempt to minimize institutional bias and to consider some key inquiries, analyses, and decisions relating to removal, placement, and services. The PPH Benchcard is built around two types of inquiry: internal and external. The internal inquiry is set forth in a self-reflection section containing questions designed to help judges examine potential biases at play that may affect their decisions. The external inquiry considers due process related questions and considerations as well as the actual judicial inquiry of the hearing participants related to specific salient issues that should be determined at the preliminary protective hearing. Before they first use the PPH Benchcard, judges and other stakeholders participate in a training focused on implicit bias and structural and institutional racism.

Program Goals:

The goals of Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard are:

  • Reduce racial disproportionality and disparate treatment.
  • Safely decrease foster care placement rates.
  • Increase relative placement rates.

Contact Information

Margo Weaver
Agency/Affiliation: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Phone: (775) 327-5301

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013