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Court Improvement Program

The Court Improvement Program (CIP) enables the courts and agencies involved in the child welfare system to develop systemic, statewide changes intended to significantly improve the processing of child welfare cases while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws.

All 11 judicial districts in Nevada have created Community Improvement Councils (CICs) to help courts determine barriers to, and methods for, improving timely permanency for children and increasing the quality of proceedings. These collaborative efforts have been so beneficial that the time it takes for the courts to return children to their homes or find safe permanent placements has been significantly reduced.

The time to permanent placement has decreased 241 days, or 28 percent, between 2011 and the first quarter of calendar year 2016 (from 848 median days to 607 median days).

The average length of time for an adoption in Nevada dropped to 32 months in 2015 from 36 months in 2010, with 33 percent of adoptions now occurring in less than 24 months, compared to about 15 percent in 2010.

Source: Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary, Fiscal Year 2016