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State Court Improvement Program (Child Protection)

The State Court Improvement Program (SCIP) is a federal grant program administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


The Mission of the Connecticut Judicial Branch SCIP Programs is to:
  • Handle child protection cases in a fair, timely, and efficient manner.
  • Assure that families are engaged throughout the court process.
  • Promote and improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children who are subject to child protection cases in the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters.

The program was established in 1994 as a response to the dramatic increase in child abuse and neglect cases and the expanded role of the courts in achieving stable, permanent homes for children in foster care. Improvements made under the grant are required to provide for the safety, well-being, and permanence of children in foster care and assist in the implementation of Program Improvement Plans (PIPs) jointly developed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), courts and the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Children’s Bureau (CB) staff as a result of the Child and Family Services and title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews. In 1995, federal Court Improvement Program funds were awarded to the Connecticut Judicial Branch. The Judicial Branch is currently the recipient of three separate awards under the CIP Program. They are the Basic Grant, the Training Grant and the Data Collection and Analysis Grant.

For more information about the SCIP, contact SCIP@jud.ct.gov


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