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At the very foundation of MJJA's work has always, and continues to be a focus on collaborative efforts. Detail of some of these important efforts are listed below.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Center for Juvenile Justice: MJJA was chosen as one of only three test sites in the nation, by the NCJJ (the research arm of the NCJFCJ) to pilot the national Fundamental Skills for Good Juvenile Probation Practice Curriculum. MJJA went further, and designed the program specifically to meet the needs of Missouri’s juvenile and family court professionals, and has been presenting this week-long, 40 hours curriculum since 1992. Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator now contracts with MJJA to provide this training two times each year to all new juvenile and family court juvenile probation officers.

National Juvenile Detention Association: Working closely with NJDA, and based upon their national education curriculum, MJJA developed a week-long Fundamental Skills Training for Good Juvenile Detention Practice. Just this year, MJJA received endorsement of this curriculum by the NJDA….the first endorsement of its kind in the nation. Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator contracts with MJJA to provide this training three times each year to new juvenile detention staff.

Missouri Bar's Commission on Children and the Law: Appointed by the President of the Missouri Bar, MJJA is proud to be represented on this important Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to examine current Missouri laws dealing with children in a number of areas, studying not only children’s involvement in delinquency and criminal matters, but also in abuse and neglect, adoption and domestic relations litigation, and to consider "the best interests of children" in analyzing current laws, and suggest alternatives where necessary for consideration by Missouri’s Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.

In addition, through this Commission was the publication of "Missouri’s Juvenile Justice Resources". MJJA is in the process of updating this publication for 2005, thanks to the support of the Missouri Bar.

Missouri Alliance for Youth: A Partnership Between Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: MJJA is proud to serve as a member of the Steering Committee of this important effort. Its purpose it is to improve coordination between mental health and juvenile justice to better serve youth involved with these systems and advocate for the needs of this population. A most recent result of this important Alliance is a line item within the budget of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, specifically earmarked for use by Missouri’s juvenile and family courts for provision of mental health services at the local, community based level, for children who come to their attention. The Alliance Newsletter can be found in the Special Reports section of this site.

Missouri Supreme Court Family Court’s Permanency Planning Project: Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, MJJA was proud to serve as a member of this project whose purpose it was to develop a statewide, comprehensive approach, under the leadership of the judiciary, for assuring that all abused and neglected children placed by the courts in out-of-home care achieve safe, permanent homes in a timely manner.

Missouri Division of Youth Services: MJJA continues its important collaboration with DYS which has resulted in a number of positive results for children within Missouri’s juvenile justice system:

Missouri Children's Division: MJJA has partnered with The Children's Division (CD) on a number of issues specifically relating to abused and neglected children. EDUCATION AND TRAINING: MJJA and CD jointly developed and provided a curriculum entitled "The Team Approach to Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect".

ADOPTION: MJJA, CD, Jefferson Bank of Missouri, and Television Station Channel 13 of Jefferson City partnered to present "Wednesday’s Child" a weekly news item which highlighted special needs children available for adoption. Each of the 18 children highlighted were adopted into a permanent home. In 2001, MJJA, CD, and the Lake Ozarks-Capitol City Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association, partnered on an "Adopt A Kid" program to raise the public’s awareness of children available for adoption in Missouri. For this joint "Adopt A Kid" project, MJJA and the Capitol City-Lake Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association received the 2001 Corporate and Business Support Award from the Adoption and Foster Care Coalition of Missouri for leadership and significant contributions which support children and families.

Missouri State Highway Patrol: MJJA, in cooperation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote and developed a Missouri juvenile justice video designed for Missouri’s law enforcement. This video was distributed to all police, sheriff, and highway patrol departments throughout the state, as well as to each juvenile/family court. Completed in 1995, and updated again in 2003. The purpose of the video was to assist law enforcement in the distinguishing the differences between juvenile law and adult law, and the handling and processing of your who come to the attention of law enforcement as abused and neglected children, runaways, or delinquent.

Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator: MJJA has historically advocated for a wide variety of initiatives to enhance the ability of Missouri’s juvenile and family courts to provide for the needs of the over 89,000 children who come to their attention each year.