Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Defending Childhood Demonstration Project

In this podcast, Center for Court Innovation researchers Rachel
Swaner, Lama Ayoub, and Elise Jensen discuss their National Institute of Justice funded report on the United
States Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood Demonstration Program. The
program, which began in 2010, funded eight pilot sites across the country to address children’s exposure to
violence. The Center produced a series of reports on six of the eight sites, as well as a report that
condenses lessons learned across the sites. 

Supervised Visitation: The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Unique Approach

Katheryn Lotsos and Stephen Forrester from the New York Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
 discuss their organization’s approach to supervised
visitation. Supervised visitation is frequently required by courts in child welfare or domestic violence cases and
allows children to meet with non-custodial parents in a secure and controlled environment. The Society’s therapeutic
model includes safety planning, parent education classes, special training for the professionals supervising the
visits, and close collaboration with the courts.