NCJFCJ announces $10.5 million in grants this year

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- A non-profit organization in Reno has received its second highest grant in its history.

Since 1937, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has had one goal and that is to improve the efficiency of the nation’s juvenile and family courts

“We want to make sure that our judges and system professionals are on the cutting edge,” said Joey Orduna Hastings, CEO of NCJFCJ.

This year alone, the organizations received a total of $10.5 million from 33 grants to continue its work.

“The grants we get is restricted money, so they are tailored specifically for certain outcomes we report back to the federal government. The federal monies are vital, but so are our gifts and donations,” said Hastings.

The nation’s oldest judicial membership organization offers judges with ongoing education, training and technical assistance for children and families in courts. This year’s funding will support numerous projects.

“Some emerging issues that we are saying that we are able to assist in help informing is issues around cyber violence, Native Americans court systems and strengthening the intersection between the native and state court systems. As well as firearms and domestic violence,” said Hastings.