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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Utah's Court Improvement Program

About Utah's Court Improvement Program

The Court Improvement Program (CIP) was created as part of the Omnibus and Reconciliation Act of 1993, Public Law 103-55. CIP is administered by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families. CIP provides funding and guidance to state court systems to develop and implement plans for improvement in the management of child welfare cases.

The Administrative Office of the Utah State Courts administers three CIP grants in accordance with federal guidelines and requirements. The basic CIP grant program was expanded in 2006, adding components for training and data collection and analysis. Utah's CIP is governed by the Court Improvement Program Committee and its executive committee, the Statewide Table of Six. From its inception, CIP has made measurable improvements in Utah's child welfare system, including:

  • Model child welfare court programs
  • CARE/SAFE Interface
  • Statewide and regional cross-discipline trainings
  • Expedited child welfare appeals
  • Dually-Involved Youth
  • Education of Children in State's Care
  • Indian Child Welfare
  • Kinship

Training Resources

  • American Indian Strengthening Families Program - PowerPoint
  • Anyone You Want Me to Be - PowerPoint
  • Children in the Courtroom - PowerPoint
  • Communication Tools to Help You Tap into Their Story - PowerPoint
  • Courtroom Etiquette - Video | MP3 Audio
  • Drug Testing 101 (Gwen McMillin Ph.D) - PowerPoint
  • Dual-Adjudication Youth - PDF
  • Father Involvement - PDF
  • Health Implications for Drug Endangered Children - PDF
  • Impact of Opiods on Children - PDF
  • Pharmaceutical Awareness - PDF
  • State of Utah's Children in Care - PowerPoint
  • The Good and Bad Adoptions - PowerPoint
  • The Health of Children in Utah's Child Welfare System - PowerPoint
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act - PowerPoint | MP3 Audio

Court Improvement Summit


Indian Child Welfare Resources

  • Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 - PDF
  • ICWA Regulations - Final Rule, effective 12/12/2016 - PDF
  • Solicitor's Memorandum: Implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act by Legislative Rule, dated 06/08/2016. "This Memorandum identifies the authority for the promulgation of the Department of the Interior's ("Department's") Indian Child Welfare Act ("ICWA" or "the Act") final rule." - PDF
  • Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings, effective December 2016 - PDF
  • BIA Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice, effective 03/08/2017 - PDF
  • CIP ICWA Guide - PDF

Utah Indian Child Welfare Conferences


Parent Videos

These videos tell the story of three brave parents and how they overcame many obstacles to get their kids back. The goal of the videos is to show parents what to expect during their child welfare case in court. We also hope to inspire parents to reunify with their children.

Navigating Your Child Welfare Case

  • A Guide for Parents Involved in the Utah Juvenile Court System (English) - YouTube
  • Cómo actuar cuando se tiene un caso de bienestar de menores (Spanish subtitles) - YouTube
  • A Collaborative Approach in Court - YouTube
  • Kinship Placement - YouTube
  • Mediation - YouTube
  • The Child and Family Plan - YouTube

The videos were produced by the Court Improvement Program in partnership with the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah.


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Contact Information


Katie Gregory

CIP Program Director
Assistant Juvenile Court Administrator
450 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 578-3800

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


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