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:
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.
The main goal of a custody case is to create a
parenting plan that meets the family’s needs. If you’re a domestic violence
survivor, that plan needs to be safe for you and your children. A knowledgeable
lawyer is one of the best sources of help. But many survivors cannot find or
afford a lawyer. If you’re on your own, this guide has basic information on
parenting plans to help you get started. Laws and programs may be different for
each state, and even for courts in the same state. Some of the information here
may not apply to your situation. To learn about your local laws, call your
family court, self-help center, or law library. This guide by the
ResourceCenter on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, a project
of the NCJFCJ, can help create a safe parenting plan for domestic violence
survivors and their children.