National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System

The Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the University of Michigan Law School a five-year, $5 million dollar grant to serve as the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep). The QIC-ChildRep will work to improve both the quality and quantity of competent representation for children and youth in child welfare cases. Not only will this benefit case management and access to services for children, but ultimately it will improve child safety, permanency, and well-being.

The overriding goals are to gather, develop, and communicate knowledge on child representation that presents the strengths and weaknesses of varying methods of representing children, promotes consensus on the role of the child's legal representative, and provides an empirically based analysis of how legal representation for the child might best be delivered. The QIC-ChildRep approach will be creative, inclusive, open-minded, and pragmatic.

http://www.improvechildrep.org/