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The Court Improvement Program is a federally funded program made possible by grants awarded to the Indiana Supreme Court from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The purpose of the CIP is to improve safety, well-being and permanency outcomes for children and families involved in Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings. Grant Funds are earmarked for basic court improvements, data collection and analysis and training.

Child Welfare Improvement Committee


Document TitleFile Type
Quarterly Fiscal & Program ReportWord
Final ReportWord
Request for ReimbursementWord
Post-TPR Benchcard (child not in pre-adoptive home)PDF
Post-TPR Benchcard (child in a pre-adoptive home)PDF

Performance Measures

The Child in Need of Services (CHINS) Performance Measures were established by Administrative Rule 1 (F) in order to track and measure court performance in CHINS and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases.  The performance measures are based on the guidelines of the federal Court Improvement Program and are a part of the requirements of the program.  They also provide an opportunity for courts to check their own performance and timeliness in CHINS and TPR cases.  Effective July 1, 2014, every court with CHINS jurisdiction is required to report quarterly on the performance measures.

The performance measures are:

  1. Time to permanent placement
  2. Time to first permanency hearing
  3. Time to the filing of the termination of parental rights petition
  4. Time to termination of parental rights
  5. Time to all subsequent permanency hearings.
  6. Time to adjudication
  7. Time to disposition
  8. Timeliness of disposition
  9. Timeliness of termination of parental rights
  10. Time from disposition to termination of parental rights

All data will be submitted through the CIP Performance Measures INCite application, including manual data submissions and Excel spreadsheets. If you have questions or need assistance with the CIP Performance Measures process, please contact cip@courts.in.gov.


Publications & Reports

Child Welfare Court Performance Measures - Interactive application
Allen County Report on Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
2019 Court Performance Measures Report

Contact

Indiana Office of Court Services
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-1313

Angela Reid-Brown

Court Improvement Program Administrator
angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov