Court Improvement Program


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 pidly 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.

Everyone Experiences Stress

Rain falls on every family, but you can take steps to keep your family strong even when life is challenging.

Family Umbrella 

Whether it’s an online support group, taking a quiet moment to reenergize, or learning about child development, these steps—also known as protective factors—can act as an umbrella to keep away the rain.  Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on this and more…