THE CHILD VICTIMS ACT MODEL COURTS PROJECT focuses on improving the governmental response to children and families in the child welfare system to ensure safe, timely, and permanent homes for children. Tucson has been a “Model Court” demonstration site since 1996, so designated by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  Under the leadership of Presiding Judge Sarah R. Simmons and Judge Karen Adam, the working committee sets up to three annual goals for system improvement and serves as a venue for information exchange among the dependency system collaborators:  the Juvenile Court bench, bar and administrative staff; Child Protective Services; Community Partnership of Southern Arizona; Pima County Court Appointed Special Advocates; Foster Care Review Board; and other agencies.  The chair-persons of each of the sub-committees below attend the Model Court Working Committee meeting to report on progress and outcomes.  Attorneys or other stakeholders are welcome – and encouraged - to attend any sub-committee meeting, as well as the monthly Model Court Working Committee.  Please visit the National Council website at:

Model Court Working Committee
Meets: on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
12:15 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Court Training Center
2225 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ.


Model Court Meeting Minutes


Courts Catalyzing Change Subcommittee

Goal – To work across systems to improve the outcomes of dependent children of color and the families by: improving the accuracy of race and ethnicity data collection, making recommendations to catalyze system change and decreasing disproportionality and disparity.

Meetings: Meets the 4th Tuesday every 3 months at 12:30.

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Engaging Fathers Subcommittee

Goal and Logic Model – To engage fathers in all aspects of dependency and family law processes.

Statement of the Problem:  Fathers are less engaged in dependency and family law processes than mothers with regards to custody and parenting time.

Assumptions about the Change Strategy:  By transforming judicial and child welfare practices through the use of specialized procedures, the court will increase father involvement and reduce the disparity between mother and father outcomes, and increase the benefit to the child.

Meetings: Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 12:15, through October.

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Severance Trial – Calendar Subcommittee

Goal – to develop a protocol for timely completion of severance trials and permanency hearings for children 3 and under.

Meetings:  Varies – Next meeting July 22, 2010 at 12:15 in mediation office.

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