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:

  • rapidly 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 Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019


  • Download or order your free copy of the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide
  • Add an email signature and use our outreach materials to spread the word in your community! Save time and jumpstart your NCAPM conversation with sample social media posts, press releases, and graphics that are ready to go.
  • Share the video gallery to highlight successful prevention work being done across the country.
  • Print tip sheets to share with families throughout the year.
Engage parents and community partners with activity calendars. The calendars offer daily suggestions, big and small, to enhance protective factors


Looking for more?
Check out Child Welfare Information Gateway's additional resources on preventing child abuse and neglect.