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. 



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Meaningful Ties for Transnational Families

This toolkit is the result of two years of work by a bi-national task force. Transnational families are those with close members and meaningful ties in at least two countries. The unified goal of the task force was to initiate and improve communications and develop a toolkit for judges, attorneys and DCS staff to successfully handle cases involving a transnational family.