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.


National Foster Care Month 2020

Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents

May is National Foster Care Month, a perfect time reflect and recognize the part that each of us can play enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care.  This site provides examples of community engagement, family reunification services, and other very useful resources.  Read an inspiring story, research ways to partner with courts and child welfare agencies, discover innovative ways to get services to those truly in need – find resources and information to help ensure that our children’s future is bright!