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.