Court Improvement Project

The Child Welfare Court Improvement Program ('CIP') is a federally-funded initiative that supports the Family Court's mandate to promote the safety, permanence and well-being of abused and neglected children.

In recognition of the integral role courts play in charting the course for children who are the subject of abuse, neglect, foster care, termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings, the program provides resources and technical assistance to enhance and promote innovation in court operations and practices. Major areas of focus include:

  • Supporting judicial leadership
  • Collaborating with interdependent systems
  • Educating the bench, bar and court managers
  • Enhancing decision making with data
  • Promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution, specifically Family Group Decision Making