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



  • Kinship Providers Panel Discussion (5/24/24) - Video
  • Kinship & Native Families Panel Discussion (4/26/24) - Video
  • Kinship Assessment: Questions to Consider & Practical Tips (3/29/24) - Video
  • Judicial and Probation Considerations & Questions to Better Support Immigrant Children (2/23/24) - Video
  • Expert Panel Discussion: Kinship (1/26/2024) - Video
  • Immigration Building Blocks & Issue Spotting Immigration Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence (12/08/2023) - Video
  • Resources and Strategies to Support Kinship Placements (10/20/2023) - Video
  • Supporting Children with Immigration Needs: Basic Terms & Considerations (9/22/2023) - Video
  • Utah Core Principles & Guiding Practices: Kinship Culture (8/26/2023) - Video


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
  • 2017 NCJFCJ ICWA Judicial Benchbook - 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.

Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies

  • Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies - YouTube
  • Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies (Español) - YouTube


Contact Information

Annie Valdez

CIP Program Director
450 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 578-3939