The Court Improvement Program (CIP) is funded by a federal grant program provided under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aimed at improving juvenile court response to children who are dependent, delinquent or unruly and are at risk of, or are placed in foster care. The Tennessee Supreme Court received its initial Court Improvement grant in 1995. Tennessee receives three (3) grants to fund the CIP - Basic Grant, Training Grant and Data Collection and Analysis Grant.
The Court Improvement Program Work Group is a statewide multi-disciplinary group appointed by the Supreme Court to review and address issues of safety, permanency and well-being for children and families in the child welfare system. A sub-committee of the Work Group, the Law Committee, meets monthly to review state laws, rules and policies affecting children and families.
If you would like further information on the Court Improvement Program, please contact:
Leslie Barrett Kinkead, J.D., CIP Coordinator
Nyasha N. Justice, J.D., CIP Attorney
Administrative Office of the Courts
511 Union Street, Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37219