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About the Center for Courts

The Center for Courts is a partnership of the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Center for State Courts. Our staff includes attorneys and social scientists who were selected to cover a wide range of knowledge and skill sets in child welfare systems change and innovation.

The Capacity Building Center for Courts is part of the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. The Collaborative is composed of three integrated Centers to serve Tribes, States, and Courts in building capacities to improve child welfare service delivery. Learn more about the Collaborative.


To create integrated capacity-building plans that engage Court Improvement Programs (CIPs) in system improvement work, provide direct support to CIPs, and create learning opportunities and resources to elevate legal and judicial practice nationwide.


The Center for Courts works to improve child safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for families by ensuring that courts work in partnership with child welfare agencies to best serve children and families.