What is CIP?

The Court Improvement Program (CIP) is a federally funded program through the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. The purpose of the CIP is to promote the continuous quality improvement of: (1) child welfare court hearings and reviews; (2) legal representation for parents, children, youth and the state child welfare agency responsible for administering titles IV-B and IV-E of the Act; and (3) collaboration between the judicial branch of state government, the title IV-B/IV-E agency and tribes to improve child welfare outcomes.