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December/January 2019Vol. 19, No. 10Court Improvement Program Talks

Court Improvement Program (CIP) Talks provide inspiration and information on how the legal and judicial communities can collaborate with partners to better serve vulnerable families and help improve outcomes.

CIP Talks aim to achieve the following goals: 

  • Reduce the number of unnecessary removals
  • Engage parents, children, and youth
  • Improve case planning and ensure effective service provision
  • Promote kinship care
  • Increase and enhance family/parenting time
  • Advance child and parent well-being

Featured CIP Talks include the following:

  • "How Parent Attorneys Help Strengthen Families," featuring Carlyn Hicks, clinical adjunct professor, Missouri First Legal Aid Office, Mississippi College School of Law
  • "How Attorneys and Judges Ensuring Equal Access, Full Participation, and Nondiscrimination Helps Strengthen Families," featuring Dr. Kevonne Small, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights
  • "How Judicial and Attorney Safety Decision Making Practices Help Strengthen Families," featuring Jennifer Renne, director, Capacity Building Center for Courts, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

To view these and more CIP Talks, visit