This report provides the results of an on-site family court assessment conducted in 2005 by the National Center for Juvenile Justice for the Philadelphia Family Court. The focus of the project was the Court's handling of child maltreatment cases. The Philadelphia Family Court was part of Pennsylvania's first Court Improvement Program assessment process in 1998,a series of court improvement assessments of its Model Dependency Court in 2000, and efforts to transfer selected procedures court wide in 2002. This report offers eleven recommendations for further court improvement that are consistent with "best practice" principles.
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