Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $920,000)
Through the Edward Byrne Memorial Congressionally Recommended Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Text and Joint Explanatory Statement, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.
This project will improve court practice and the operation of the child welfare system while also enhancing cross-system and community collaboration. The project will support 36 Model Courts in 27 states and the District of Columbia, including statewide Model Courts. Best practices will be spread to the statewide and the national level. Through this project, each court will select local system improvement goals, lead statewide court improvement efforts through partnerships with state Court Improvement Projects, and work toward achievement of a national goal to reduce disproportionality and disparate treatment of minority children and their families. The project also supports implementation of performance measurement using the Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.