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Court Improvement Program


The Court Improvement Program (CIP) is funded by grants awarded to the Indiana Supreme Court from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the CIP is to improve safety, permanency and well-being outcomes by:

  • Assisting courts in carrying out state laws relating to Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings
  • Enhancing collaboration between courts, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), and tribes
  • Increasing child welfare expertise within the legal community and facilitating cross-training opportunities among agencies, tribes, courts, and other key stakeholders
  • Supporting data collection, analysis and information sharing between courts, DCS and tribes

Child Welfare Improvement Committee

Current Initiatives

Grant & scholarship opportunities
Timeliness measures in child welfare cases
Education and training
Collaborative projects

Funding for the 2022 grant cycle has been awarded. The 2023 grant application will be available July 2023.

Document TitleFile Type
Quarterly Fiscal & Program Report Word
Final Report Word
Request for Reimbursement Word
Essential Questions to Ask at Each Hearing to Promote Permanency PDF
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

Publications & Reports

Child Welfare Court Performance Measures - Interactive application
2021 Court Performance Measures Report


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

Angela Reid-Brown

Court Improvement Program Administrator

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