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
Grant & scholarship opportunities
Timeliness measures in child welfare cases
Education and training
Funding for the 2021 grant cycle has been awarded. The 2022 grant application will be available in July 2022.
|Document Title||File Type|
|Quarterly Fiscal & Program Report||Word|
|Request for Reimbursement||Word|
|Essential Questions to Ask at Each Hearing to Promote Permanency|
|Post-TPR Benchcard (child not in pre-adoptive home)|
|Post-TPR Benchcard (child in a pre-adoptive home)|
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:
- Time to permanent placement
- Time to first permanency hearing
- Time to the filing of the termination of parental rights petition
- Time to termination of parental rights
- Time to all subsequent permanency hearings.
- Time to adjudication
- Time to disposition
- Timeliness of disposition
- Timeliness of termination of parental rights
- 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 email@example.com.
Publications & Reports
Indiana Office of Court Services
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Court Improvement Program Administrator