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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.

The Court Improvement Program (CIP) is accepting applications for programs/projects intended to improve safety, well-being and permanency outcomes for abused and neglected children involved in the child welfare system.  Applications are due August 27, 2021.

2021 CIP Funding Announcement

2021 CIP Grant Application

Child Welfare Improvement Committee

Document TitleFile Type
Quarterly Fiscal & Program ReportWord
Final ReportWord
Request for ReimbursementWord
Essential Questions to Ask at Each Hearing to Promote PermanencyPDF
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
2020 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