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New Policy Brief: Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings

This policy brief describes court-based child welfare reforms that resulted in improved outcomes for children and families, and potential state/local agency cost savings. The reforms fall into several categories. Some focus on improving family engagement, access to services, and judicial decision-making. Others improve outcomes by operating as a quality-control mechanism for the child welfare system. All successful reforms share common traits: strong judicial leadership and vision about how the child welfare system should serve families, dedicated professionals, and cross-system collaboration. Includes a piece on an Expedited Reunification Docket in Wayne County MI. Link to Downloadable Policy Brief