Monday, 14 July 2008 18:24

This application for CIP funding outlines activities that will be the focus of CIP funding for 2011-2016. Several issues will be given priority on the basis of the most recent CFSR, the current PIP, and input from key CIP stakeholders. The partners who helped to identify the goals of the CIP program, as well as the partners who will help to enact the work needed to accomplish these goals, include all the members of the soon to be established Pelican State Center for Children and Families [The Center], the Children's Advocacy Resource Effort (CARE), which provides statewide guidance and assistance to a wide range of stakeholders in the child welfare system, special taskforces, and stakeholder groups.

View Current Strategic Plan



Previously the CIP funding was divided among three applications. Beginning with the outlined strategies above, they have been combined into one application/plan.


The Louisiana Supreme Court's Court Improvement Program (CIP) received funding for two new CIP grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program in 2006:

Training funds for education and interdisciplinary training of judges, lawyers, social workers, CASAs and other child welfare stakeholders.

  • Identify the specific skills and areas of knowledge that judges, attorneys, and other legal personnel need to best serve children and families;
  • Develop curricula that address those skills and areas of knowledge and employ the most effective methods for imparting them;
  • Ensure that all who need such training will receive it, such as by making participation convenient, providing inducements for attendance or imposing requirements for attendance, and tracking attendance;
  • Ensure that those attending training actually obtain the identified skills and knowledge, such as through online testing and refresher training;
  • Use technology such as online training and training videos;Convene local meetings and groups to participate in training developed in remote locations, such as through use of videos or videoconferences;
  • Provide cross-system, multidisciplinary training on topics of mutual interest to different participants in the system, such as mental health, substance abuse, education of children in foster care, the role of caseworkers in court, and the preparation and use of court reports; and
  • Co-locate judicial, court employee, and agency training, when practical, to allow a combination of cross-system training and separate training on specialized topics.

Download the 2010-2011 Training Grant

Monday, 14 July 2008 18:24

The Web Based Juvenile Offender Information Network (JOIN) for the State of Louisiana consists of several components of a much larger Information System referred to as the Integrated Juvenile Justice Information System (IJJIS). The JOIN Data Exchange Interface may eventually become the foundation for other IJJIS components. The goals of the IJJIS-JOIN project are as follows:

  • To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processing of delinquency, traffic, and formal FINS cases by juvenile justice agencies at the local level through automated data sharing and case management.
  • To provide management information for statewide reporting, coordination, strategic planning, benchmarking and evaluation of the juvenile justice system by the Children’s Cabinet, the LCLE, the Supreme Court, and other bodies involved with juvenile justice reform and restructuring.
Monday, 14 July 2008 18:19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Children’s Bureau awarded the State of Louisiana a Data Collection and Analysis Grant in September 2006.  This Strategic Plan describes planned activities to be completed October 2006 - September 2011 to achieve desired outcomes as it relates to the objectives included in the Program Instruction issued on June 15, 2006. 

Download the 2011 Data Collection & Analysis Grant Plan (pdf)

Monday, 14 July 2008 18:18

Connections for Permanency (CFP) is a seven-month (mid-January 2007 - August 2007) demonstration project designed to assess the effectiveness of “family finding” practices in the State of Louisiana.  CFP is sponsored by the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Court Improvement Program through funding provided by the Louisiana Department of Social Services Office of Community Services.

CFP currently receives referrals for youth ages 16-18 directly from case workers at the Orleans and Jefferson parish Office of Community Services (OCS) Regional Offices.  The program targets those youth with few or no known family relationships and who have experienced the highest level of urgency for being connected.
The targeted youth often have a history of mental illness, destructive behavior, multiple placements and few, if any, significant relationships in their lives. They may also be close to “aging out” of the system.  In addition, all youth in the identified areas/parishes are more likely to exhibit these characteristics due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

CLARO Account