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;
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.
June is National Reunification Month
Supporting and maintaining family connections is essential to a child’s health and well-being. Harm reduction should be at the forefront of every decision, especially the decision to separate a child from their family. This June, for National Reunification Month, make the commitment to get All In for Reunification:
- Listen to the new podcast episode on the reality of reunification.
- Bookmark and share resources from the ABA’s National Reunification Month webpage.
- Read stories and advice from caregivers and birth parents who have experienced kinship care and learn what they have to say about the importance of maintaining boundaries, managing family dynamics, building trust, using positive parenting and communication, and securing support.
- Explore what foster caregivers can do to work with birth families. Help them understand the importance of actively communicating with the birth parents, the caseworker, and the agency; accessing help from a variety of sources; cultivating trust and compassion; and maintaining contact with families after reunification or other permanency.