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November 2000Vol. 1, No. 7National Resource Center Helps Child Welfare Courts Improve

Learn what child welfare courts are doing nationwide to improve their services to children and families through the National Child Welfare Court Improvement Catalog.

Issued jointly by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, the catalog summarizes State court improvement project materials that may help other State court systems improve child abuse and neglect litigation. The material is classified both by State and subject area. Examples are provided of States' judicial forms, reports, studies, videotapes, program evaluations, project summaries, and other materials. Prices and ordering information are included with the description of each item.

Specific subject headings include:

  • Hearing Quality and Depth
  • Legal Representation of Parties
  • Timeliness of Decisions
  • Notice to and Participation of Parties
  • Treatment of Parties
  • Quality and Professionalism of the Judiciary
  • Court Staffing
  • Technology
  • Training and Education
  • Legislation and Court Rules
  • Community Collaboration
  • Evaluation.

The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues is funded by the Children's Bureau and provides expertise to agencies and courts on legal and judicial aspects of child welfare, including court improvement. Currently, 49 State court systems and the District of Columbia are operating federally supported court improvement projects.

Download a free copy of the July 2000 catalog as a Word document at:

To obtain the catalog and updates as email attachments, send an email request to Elyse Csillag at For hard copies, send a check for $9.95 to:
Elyse Csillag
American Bar Association
National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-1022
Phone: 202-662-1746
Fax: 202-662-1755

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To learn about how courts are using non-judicial staff to speed permanency for children, read "Benefits of Using Non-Judicial Staff to Aid Dependency Courts" in this issue of the Children's Bureau Express.