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Juvenile Court Improvement Program

JCIP has a vision and 3 goals:

VISION: Raising the Profile and Priority of Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in Oregon


  • Increase the quality of dependency court hearings
  • Improve the system response to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in foster care
  • Improve judicial practices and leadership in juvenile dependency cases

To those ends, JCIP

  • designs and delivers education and training to juvenile court judges and justice system partners
  • develops and advocates for legislation
  • publishes the Juvenile Court Dependency Benchbook, an electronic reference book for judges, court staff, and juvenile justice system professionals
  • creates and maintains Model Court Forms for judges, referees, and court staff

Oregon’s Juvenile Court Improvement Program (JCIP) convenes its Advisory Committee on a quarterly basis to address the activities and projects that are coordinated with the program funds. The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court appoints the members of the JCIP Advisory Committee. The JCIP Advisory Committee regularly reviews data regarding hearing timeliness, ICWA compliance and child welfare outcome data. In addition, the Advisory Committee reviews and revises JCIP goals, plans trainings and educational programs and provides feedback and participation in JCIP projects.

The JCIP Advisory Committee members are comprised of Circuit Court Judges from across Oregon, Tribal Representatives, representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Programs, CASA, the Citizen Review Board, the Office of Public Defense Services, District Attorney Offices, the Governor’s Advocacy Office, as well as a foster parent and a foster youth.

Links to Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes and Materials (by date):

Strategic Plan

March 13, 2023

December 12, 2022

September 12, 2022

June 13, 2022

March 14, 2022

December 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

June 14, 2021

March 8, 2021

December 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

June 8, 2020

March 9, 2020

December 9, 2019

September 9, 2019

June 10, 2019    

March 11, 2019    

December 10, 2018

June 11, 2018

March 12, 2018

December 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

June 12, 2017

March 13, 2017