National Judicial Leadership Summit IV on Child Welfare

CIP Stories Podcast

Tune into the CIP Stories podcast to hear coordinators and directors share their stories about the Court Improvement Program, which aims to improve safety, permanency and well-being for children and families.

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or RSS feedEpisodes will be released every other week. 

National Judicial Leadership Summit IV on Child Welfare

Summit Materials

Additional Resources:

Theme #1: Incorporating the Voice of Families in the Court Process

  • Reunification Resources:
    • Reunification Heroes Each year we honor parents, youth, professionals, and volunteers as National Reunification Heroes. We also share valuable resources about reunification and guidance for collaborative efforts by birth parents and resource parents.
  • Theme #2: Delivering High Quality Legal Representation to Families in Child Welfare

    Theme #3: Safely Preventing the Unnecessary Entry of Children into Foster Care Through Meaningful Initial Hearings

    New ABA Family Integrity Policy that passed before our House of Delegates in August 2019. In short, it provides:

    In short, it provides:

    • Children and parents have rights to family integrity and family unity;
    • The legal community and state agencies should work to mitigate the trauma to children and families that separation and removal into foster care can produce;
    • Prevention services, including quality legal services, can ensure children’s safety without removing them from their families;
    • Government may interfere with children’s and parents’ rights to family integrity when necessary for the child’s health, safety or well-being and when procedural protections are followed;
    • Decisions to separate a child from a parent to protect health, safety and well-being are subject to state and tribal authorities; and
    • When children are in foster care, family connections should be safely maintained and supported with parents, kin, and siblings during the pendency of the case.

    Theme #4: Courts Ensuring Procedural Fairness, Equity and Access to Justice for All Families

    ABA Standards of Practice:

    Theme #5: Leading Child Welfare Reform from the Supreme Court and AOC

    CIP Stories Podcast

    Tune into the CIP Stories podcast to hear coordinators and directors share their stories about the Court Improvement Program, which aims to improve safety, permanency and well-being for children and families.

    Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or RSS feedEpisodes will be released every other week.