Web Resources: Court Improvement Programs Issues and Resources

Paula Campbell

Paula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: Collaborations between jurisdictions and state Court Improvement Programs can result in meaningful systems’ change in the handling of juvenile dependency cases. The following resources offer valuable information for courts and judicial stakeholders.

 

Websites 

National Center for State Courts
Dependency court improvement state links:
http://www.ncsc.org/topics/children-families-and-elders/dependency-court-improvement/state-links.aspx?cat=dependency%20court%20improvement

National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
Court Improvement:
http://www.abanet.org/child/rclji/home.html

US Department of Health and Human Services
The National Evaluation of the Court Improvement Program website.
This site describes the many paths followed by state courts to improve their oversight of foster care and adoption cases and to analyze the outcomes achieved: http://www.pal-tech.com/cip/index.cfm

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Court-child welfare agency collaboration tools and resources:
http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/courts/ccwa.cfm

Resources and Tools

Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/courttoolkit.html

National Court Improvement Progress Report and Catalog
National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues:
http://www.abanet.org/abanet/child/home.cfm

Improving Courts’ Performance in Child Protection Cases: User’s Manual for Conducting Your Court Reassessment (470 KB PDF), National Child Welfare Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issue and ABA Center on Children and the Law Provides examples as to how states may best re-evaluate their assessment programs for child-protection programs. The manual also provides information on reassessment of foster care and adoption litigation, intensive site evaluations, and an analysis of data collected on the subject.

Articles and Publications

Spotlight on the CSFRs: What Are We Learning from Round Two? Florida’s Court Improvement Program
Children’s Bureau Express Newsletter (September 2010):
http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=119&articleid=2960

Building a Better Court: Measuring and Improving Court Performance and Judicial Workload in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, American Bar Association and the National Center for State Courts:
http://www.ncjfcj.org/content/view/603/427/

Family Court Improvement and the Art of Grantsmanship: A Judge’s Perspective (65 KB PDF), Kreeger, J.L. (April 2008), Family Court Review, Vol. 46, Issue 2, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

System Change Through Collaboration…Eight Steps for Getting From There to Here
(125 KB PDF), Townsend, S. & Carroll, K. (Fall 2002), Juvenile and Family Court Journal, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Court Improvement for Child Abuse and Neglect Litigation: What Next?(200 KB PDF), Hardin, M., National Child Welfare Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues

Technical Assistance Bulletin, Building a Better Collaboration: Facilitating Change in the Court and Child Welfare System (1.3 MB PDF) (April 2004)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

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