Lancaster County Study

Lancaster County Study

The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) at UNL has completed a study that assessed children's perceptions and attitudes regarding their participation in the court process, and explored the impact of children's participation on the court process itself.

The study included children who participated in their court hearings as well as children who did not. Children were given an opportunity to provide some brief feedback on their thoughts and feelings, and representatives from CCFL also attended court hearings to observe the effect of the children's participation on the process. Within two weeks of each of the observed hearings, representatives from CCFL visited the children in their foster homes, where children completed a brief questionnaire about their experiences with the court system.
    • The study results were published in the April 2011 edition of Child Abuse & Neglect (Vol. 35, Issue 4). Read the article
    • The researchers who did this study also developed a set of recommendations for Nebraska judges. 
    • Findings based on the study were presented at the 2009 Nebraska Children's Summit. Watch the video.
    • The Lancaster County Juvenile Court has adopted a court rule on youth attendance at hearings. Read the court rule (Section E).