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Welcome to the Juvenile Court Judges Corner, a website started by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) in a continuing effort to benefit judges and other professionals working in the juvenile court. This website contains information about Judge Edwards, his publications, presentations, and videos all of which are devoted to improving outcomes for children and families who appear in juvenile and family courts.

Recent Postings in Judge Edwards’s Blog

Engaging the Family: My Experience With Orphanages

Court Improvement: Judicial Issues in Child Maltreatment

News & Commentary: Reasonable Efforts, 2nd Edition, Book Announcement

Court Improvement: Judicial Issues in Child Maltreatment

Court Improvement and Engaging the Family: Placement Matters

News & Commentary: Guest Interview podcast on The Imprint, Youth & Family News

Court Improvement: Congregate Care and Placement Decisions in Juvenile Court Proceedings

NEW 2nd Edition of Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Significant Cases: Summary of California appellate cases dealing with Reasonable Efforts (1/2022)

Court Improvement: Reasonable Efforts and the Adoption and Safe Families Act

Court Improvement: The Americans With Disabilities Act and Juvenile Dependency Court

The Indian Child Welfare Act: Active Efforts and The Futility Doctrine

Court Improvement: A Few Questions That Can Change Everything

Court Improvement: Some Reflections on the Representation of Children in Juvenile Court: A View From The Bench

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Engage Your Community Around Your Most Vulnerable Children: Hold An Infant’s Conference

Court Improvement: The Appellate Process and Unacceptable Delays

Court Improvement: The Pandemic, Technology, and the Juvenile Dependency Court

Court Improvement: Opinion: At-risk infants need our attention now more than ever

Court Improvement: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal


NEW 2nd Edition of Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

REASONABLE EFFORTS: A Judicial Perspective

“This book builds upon Judge Edwards’ first edition.  Among other things, it includes discussions of over 100 new cases, significant additions to the section on the ICWA, new sections on placement with relatives and engaging fathers, best practices for attorneys, the relationship between judges and directors of social services, a summary of recent national trends from national experts, three new appendices, and a discussion on one way to change court practice regarding judicial attention to reasonable efforts.

“This critical and informative resource belongs on every juvenile court judge’s bench, in every juvenile court attorney’s office, and must be included in all social worker training.  The ultimate beneficiaries will be the vulnerable children and their families that our system is designed to serve.”

—Judge Michael Nash (ret.)
Executive Director
Los Angeles Office of Child Protection

book cover for Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective, 2nd edition

[2014 First Edition remains available for a limited time]


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