Research and Reform for Children in Court, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded by Judge Cindy Lederman in 2008. During her 10 years working with the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, Judge Lederman became firmly convinced that child welfare practice and policy must be informed by the best available research and science. Determined to create an organization that would focus on bridging the research-practice divide, Judge Lederman began sharing her thoughts and concerns with researchers, judges and advocates. She recruited a number of key local, statewide and national experts to serve on the board, and Research and Reform for Children in Court, Inc. was born.
It is RR4CC’s goal to promote this systemic transformation to research-informed decision-making and evidence-based practice through its projects and initiatives. In the juvenile court, where success is achieved by facilitating behavior modification, the marriage of law and science in the courtroom and the use of evidence-based practices are essential. If juvenile court judges and other professionals are informed by multi-disciplinary experts, academics and researchers, better decisions will be made, the quality of services will be improved and positive outcomes for children and their families are more likely to be achieved.