Safety Plan

3-16-2023 CIP Cafe’ – SAFE VS. UNSAFE: Assessing Safety in Child Welfare

Thursday, March 16th   | 12:00pm-1:00pm PENDING APPROVAL FOR 1 HOUR CLE/CEU Download Flyer for Sharing REGISTER TODAY The Child Welfare Assessment and Decision Making Model (CWADM) is a framework that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) uses to … Read More

Benefits of Kinship Placement

The American Bar Association (ABA) developed a tool for lawyers to use in trial or during their appellate arguments to help them advocate for kinship placement. Benefits of Kinship Placement includes information and resources that counsel may be able to include in … Read More

Five Resources for Lawyers Representing Transition Aged Youth

Some tips and resources to help you prepare your client to age out of the child welfare system. By Cathy Krebs – January 2021 Lawyers who represent transition-aged youth (ages 16–24) have unique challenges to ensure their clients are prepared … Read More

In-Home Services to Strengthen Children and Families

Most children involved with the child welfare system are not separated from their families but instead receive services while living at home. These child welfare “in-home services” are designed to strengthen and stabilize families that come to the attention of … Read More


Domestic Juvenile Sex Trafficking Bench Card

The Capacity Building Center for Courts has created a Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Judicial Desk Reference Guide.  This resource provides links and examples of how Court Improvement Programs (CIP) can implement P.L. 113-183.  Specifically, it addresses: How to form a … Read More

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Child Safety Powerpoint

This presentation and the Child Safety Guide are both a collaboration between the National Resource Centers on Child Protective Services and the National Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues. The expertise of both these RC’s combines to give the … Read More

LA Benchbook

Louisiana CINC Benchbook

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … Read More