The Court Improvement Program is designed to assess and improve court proceedings regarding foster care and adoption and to help maintain the focus on a child's safety, permanency and well-being. The Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1993 made grant funding available to all states for use in improving their juvenile justice systems. The grants were designed in recognition of the overwhelming pressures on juvenile courts including:
rapidly escalating judicial caseloads;
more difficult cases; and
growing complexity of the litigation itself.
The funding was designed to first enable state court systems to carry out an accurate assessment of their functioning, and then to develop and implement a plan that insures that both the spirit and the letter of recent reforms are in place for children.
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