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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ind. Courts - "A Toolkit for Helping Children"

From the new issue of Indiana Court Times, a long article by Elana Salzman - some quotes from the start:

Juvenile courts handling termination of parental rights (TPR) and Children in Need of Services (CHINS) cases are faced daily with the dilemma of how to improve court procedures and provide more stability for children going through the system. Judges want to ensure that these cases are moving toward permanency efficiently, without sacrificing due process protections and the welfare and safety of the children. Knowing whether these goals are being met requires review and analysis of empirical data and improved data collection of the critical events that take place in these cases. * * *

In 2008, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Center on State Courts, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the ABA Center on Children and the Law developed a set of tools that measure safety, permanency, due process and timeliness in child dependency cases. These measures are collectively known as the Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, and are often referred to as the Toolkit.

In 2009, Allen County courts undertook a pilot project, funded by a Court Improvement Project grant from the Indiana Supreme Court, to report on many of these measures. The results of the pilot project can be found in Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division’s publication, Report of Allen County’s Court Performance Measures, which is available on the state judiciary website.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 7, 2013 09:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts