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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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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.

2020 Court Improvement Summit

The Summit is a biennial training hosted by the Court Improvement Program for child welfare professionals in Utah. Our purpose is to increase child welfare expertise in the legal community and facilitate cross-training opportunities among agencies, courts and other key stakeholders.

Our theme this year is Principles & Practices: Creating a Full Integrated Child-Welfare System. The Summit introduced Utah's Core Principles and Guiding Practices for a Fully Integrated Child-Welfare System that are focused on best practices and our commitment to protecting children and strengthening families.

Keynote Address: Our Moment of Obligation: Transforming Our Child Protection System into a Child Welfare System - Vivek Sankaran, University of Michigan Law School

Introduction of Utah's Child-Welfare Core Principles and Guiding Practices – PDF

Principios Centrales y Prácticas Rectoras para un Sistema de Bienestar del Menor Plenamente Integrado en Utah - PDF

Improving Outcomes for Court Involved Children & Families: A Reasonable Efforts Discussion – PDF
Judge Leonard P. Edwards (ret.)

Relationship Building as a Foundation for Reasonable Efforts – PDF
Natalie Netzel, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Father Engagement: MALES (Manifesting. Action. Leveraging. Engagement. Success) – PDF
Corey Best

  • Parent Engagement Survey – PDF
  • Personal Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior – PDF
  • Values-Based Assessment – PDF
  • Father Involvement and Child Welfare: The Voices of Men of Color – PDF

Trauma of Removal – PDF
Christopher Church, Casey Family Programs

  • A Cure Worse Than the Disease: The Impact of Removal on Children – PDF
  • Easy Come Easy Go: The Plight of Children who Spend Less than Thirty Days in Care – PDF
  • Leo's Letter re the Day He Would Change – PDF

The Family First Prevention Services Act: Requirements, Lessons Learned & the Road Ahead – PDF
Allison Green, National Association of Counsel for Children

  • FFPSA Detailed Summary – PDF
  • QRTP Checklist for Judges – PDF
  • QRTP Guide – PDF
  • Tool for Engaging the Legal Community in Implementing Family First – PDF

Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens
Dr. Jessica Pryce, Florida Institute of Child Welfare

  • Family Separation Research Brief – PDF

Cultural Humility as an Approach to Improve ICWA Practice
Sheldon Spotted Elk & Sheri Freemont, Casey Family Programs

Introduction to the Safety Guide: Part 1 and 2 – PDF
Rob Wyman, Casey Family Programs

  • Safety Guide Practice Quick Sheets – PDF
  • Overall Worksheets for Safety Guide – PDF

Supervision During Physical Distancing
Heather Meitner, National Council on Crime and Delinquency

  • Leadership in Age of Complexity – PDF
  • Supervision During Physical Distancing: Tools and Guidance – PDF
  • Technical Adaptive Handout – PDF

Legal Ethics for Attorneys and Judges - "It's Not You, It's Me..." Breaking up with the "Jealous Mistress" – PDF
Ammon Nelson, Parental Defense Attorney

Date and Location

  • August 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM
  • August 13, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Held virtually via Webex Events

  • Program: 2020 CIP Summit – PDF

Continuing Legal Education Credits

The Utah State Bar approved 7.5 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Ethics Credit.


If you need closed captioning to access any of the above recordings or need the videos translated into another language, please email cip@utcourts.gov with your request. Si usted necesita los videos en español, mande un email a cip@utcourts.gov.

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.


Page Last Modified: 12/17/2020
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