The overall objectives are to improve child wellbeing and timely find safe, stable, permanent homes for abused and neglected children, first through reunification with the child's parents if that is safe or, if not, through another permanent placement option. When identifying and implementing improvements, the project's goal is for all stakeholders to operate "through the eyes of the child" so as to achieve child safety, permanency, and well-being.
The mission of the Children’s Justice Initiative is to ensure that in a fair and timely manner abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile protection court system have safe, stable, permanent families.
The CJI Mission will be achieved through a statewide collaborative that develops and institutes best practices related to child protection case processing procedures for relevant professionals.
Values CJI Promotes
- Child centered (operating “through the eyes of the child”)
- Safety and stability of the child
- A permanent, nurturing family for each child through reunification, adoption, or transfer of custody to a relative
- Recognition of cultural, social, and economic differences
- System accountability
- Due process protection of the parties
Goals CJI Will Meet
- Form a child protection system collaborative aimed at providing a permanent, nurturing family for the child
- Implement case processing best practices
- Establish an assessment process aimed at continuous improvement of practices, policies, and procedures
- Strengthen judicial oversight of child protection cases
If you have a question about the Children's Justice Initiative, click on the Contact Us tab to contact the CJI Managers: Ann Ahlstrom and Judy Nord, Staff Attorneys