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Tribal Court Improvement Program
Contact: Administration for Children & Families, Children's Bureau
The Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau announces the availability of awards to provide tribes and tribal consortia the opportunity to compete for grants to enable tribal courts to:
(1) Conduct assessments of how tribal courts handle child welfare proceedings and to make improvements to court processes;
(2) Implement improvements to provide for the safety, permanency and well-being of children as set forth in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-89) and increase and improve engagement of the entire family in court processes relating to child welfare, family preservation, family reunification and adoption;
(3) Ensure children's safety, permanence, and well-being needs are met in a timely and complete manner (through better collection and analysis of data); and
(4) Provide for training of judges, attorneys, and other legal personnel in child welfare cases.
Grant funds may not be used to hire attorneys or judges, fill vacant court personnel positions, or otherwise supplant funding for tribal government positions.
Eligibility is limited to the highest courts of Indian tribes or tribal consortia that:
(1) are operating an approved title IV-E program in accordance with section 479B of the Act (42 U.S.C. §
(2) plan to operate a title IV-E program and have received a Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grant, as authorized by section 476 of the Act (42 U.S.C. § 676); or
(3) have a court responsible for proceedings related to foster care or adoption.