Blake P. Kavanagh
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
High Performance Court Framework
California Juvenile Court Dependency Improvement Program Reassessment. California Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Children and Families (November 2005). This is a 2005 reassessment of the Improvement Program, including a progress report of the original recommendations, a detailed review of the dependency court, and new recommendations for court improvement.
Deihl, R.M., M. Martin, and S. Nunez. Caregivers and the Courts: Improving Court Decisions Affecting Children in Foster Care. San Francisco: Center for Families, Children and the Courts (2002). T his report presents findings from a collaborative effort between the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, and the National Center for Youth Law. The study examines how training in the dependency-court process affects caregivers’ knowledge and attitudes about participating in court hearings and the likelihood that they will participate.
Thoennes, N. Evaluation of the Araphoe County and El Paso County GAL/CASA pilots. Denver: Center for Policy Research (1999). This report highlights the progress of joint efforts to represent abused and neglected children between CASA and the attorney appointed as guardian ad litem (GAL).
Child and Family Services Review: Program Improvement Plan . State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services Branch (2004).
This report presents the findings of the Child and Family Services Review Committee, which was created to review safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children in permanency cases.
Landsman, M.J., K. and Thompson. The Iowa Mediation for Permanency Project: Final Report. Washington, D.C.: Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000). The Iowa Mediation for Permanency Project was a three-year demonstration project intended to test the effectiveness of a non adversarial system for reducing the duration of time children spend in foster care. The report provides case studies, client profile data, and sample mediation booklets.
Foster Care Court Improvement Project
Maryland Department of Family Administration. This best practices manual explains the 1997 recommendations made by the Maryland CIP, as well as past, present, and future initiatives to achieve these goals.
State Court Improvement Project.
New York State Unified Court System. This site provides contact information for those working within the CIP, publications related to court- improvement projects and child-welfare improvements, and a history of child-dependency cases in New York State.
Court Improvement Program for Children and Families. North Carolina Court System. The Court Improvement Program was established by grant as part of a Federal initiative to support family preservation, prevention of child abuse, and services to families at risk. Its purpose is to assess and improve court processes related to foster care and adoption.
Program Improvement Plan Summary.
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (2005). This report highlights the progress of the Pennsylvania CIP regarding the project's original goals, which are
defining standards, enhancing training, providing assistance and support, monitoring, and implementing county/provider standards.
Child Welfare Court Improvement Project. The wesbite includes background, assessments, strategic plans, resources, and reports of the project.
Rhode Island: State Summary. National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. This report evaluates the progress of the Rhode Island Court Improvement Project, which was created to enhance and improve the court's response to child-protection cases.
Timeliness of Dependency Case Processing in Washington: 2008 Annual Report. Olympia, WA: Administrative Office of the Courts, Washington State Center for Court Research (2008). This report presents data on dependency case processing performance measures and analyzes all dependency and termination cases filed in Washington from January 1, 2002 to August 31, 2008.Harper, C.J., K. Brennan, and J. Szolnoki. Dependency and Termination Parents’ Representation Program: Evaluation Report. Seattle: Northwest Institute for Children and Families (2005).
This report presents the goals and outcomes of the program, which include providing financial support to reduce caseloads, access to social-worker staff, expert and investigative resources, and attorney training.
West Virginia Court Improvement Program Final Report. West Virginia Supreme Court (2002). This report explains that the West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP) has continued its efforts to implement improvements to West Virginia courts relating to child-abuse-and-neglect cases. The program’s activities in 2002 focused primarily on continuing with successful ongoing projects. For more current information regarding West Virginia's Court Improvement Program please visit their Web site.
Wisconsin Children's Court Initiative Summary Report. Wisconsin Supreme Court, Children's Court Improvement Program (2012). The purpose of the reassessment is to update each state’s earlier assessment of court performance in processing child-welfare cases and to determine what progress has been made since the original assessments.