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Registration Open for Court Improvement Program (CIP) Training

Saturday, June 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julia Baldini
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In October 2016, the Virgin Islands’ Department of Human Services obtained the designation of a Title IV-E agency, thereby opening the door for our local courts to apply for IV-E funding for the first time.  With that funding, the USVI Courts have initiated a Court Improvement Program (CIP) to (1) promote the continuous quality improvement of court proceedings in child welfare proceedings and (2) enhance and expand collaboration between the judicial branch of state government, the Title IV-E agency, and tribes to improve child welfare outcomes.  


As the USVI CIP Program is initiated, a local team, in collaboration with our partners from the Children’s Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for the Courts, will be conducting a very important site visit to take place primarily at the Superior Courts in each district during the week of June 26, 2017.  The purpose of this visit is to explore “best practices” within the child abuse and neglect court system, which can provide ideal starting information on current practice and give a sense of what information is available in our files.  Case file reviews, community meetings, and courtroom observations will be conducted to facilitate our week-long data collection efforts.


This is a formal invitation to members of the V.I. Bar Association, primarily those who work with and are directly familiar with abuse and neglect cases, to attend the week’s culminating activity:  a series of CIP training sessions to be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 12:30-3:30 in the St. Thomas Superior Court’s Jury Assembly Room. 


The purpose of these sessions is to build and expand stakeholder knowledge of (1) the purpose of the U.S. Children’s Bureau’s Court Improvement Program; (2) best practices legal representation for parents, child and child welfare agencies in child welfare proceedings; and (3) legal permanency as required by federal statute.  Click here to view agenda and register.


This training qualifies for 2 CLE Credits, including 1 Ethics/Professionalism Credit. 


This training will be facilitated by Mr. David P. Kelly, JD, MA.  Mr. Kelly oversees the U.S. Children’s Bureau’s work with courts and the legal community to build state court capacity, support court-based research, and improve the quality of legal representation for all parties in child welfare proceedings.  This is an excellent opportunity to not only gain valuable information, but also network with local and federal stakeholders involved in the processing of child welfare abuse and neglect cases. 

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