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Projects

Improving the Quality of Legal Representation for All Parties Involved in Child Welfare Cases

The quality of legal representation for all parties to child welfare cases includes continous quality improvement for parent, child and agency attorneys. This goal is accomplished through peer review, targeted trainings and certification of child welfare specialists. For additional information, please  click here.

Court Improvement Initiative/Measures for Courts

Focus sites demonstrate leadership and experimentation through implementation of best practices and regular collaboration in their courts. Sites meet semi-annually and focus on data measures relevant to child deprivation cases. For additional information, please click here.

Improving the Appellate Process

Attorney engagement with the appellate process will increase. TPR appeal times will be reduced. For additional information, please click here.

Placement Stability

Explore the judiciary’s role in making sure children are in stable placements. Increase awareness about the importance of placement stability for children in foster care. For additional information, please click here.

Cold Case Project

The Cold Case Project began in April 2009 and Phase I of the project lasted one year. This project was and continues to worked in full partnership and support with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Experienced child welfare attorneys serve as Supreme Court of Georgia Fellows to the Cold Case Project and review cases of children who have been in foster care for long periods of time. For additional information, please click here.

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children Project

The ICPC project is exploring what the judiciary can do to improve the ICPC process in Georgia. The project started in 2008 with an assessment of all the Georgia judges in regards to how the ICPC process was working in this state. For additional information, please click here.

Foster Parents Notice and Right to be Heard Project

Improving knowledge of the law regarding notice and opportunity to be heard is part of an on-going training effort mainly because foster parents are constantly moving in and out of the child welfare system. Many drop out after adopting children from foster care or only foster for a while, so the training effort needs to be on-going, local and easy for foster parents who always need child care. For additional information, please click here.

Title IV-E Reimbursement Project

This project is exploring what the judiciary can do to improve the IV-E reimbursement in Georgia. Making sure the court orders have the proper language and evidence findings is the only thing the judiciary can do on this improvement item. For additional information, please click here.