West Virginia Judiciary

Court Improvement Program

Court Improvement Program

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia established the West Virginia Court Improvement Program Oversight Board in 1995. This Board took over the Broadwater Committee’s work to improve outcomes for children and families in child abuse and neglect cases. The Court established the Broadwater Committee in the mid-1990s during Chief Justice Margaret Workman’s previous tenure on the Supreme Court, from 1988 to 1999.

The Court Improvement Program Board was created as a result of the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. That act designated federal funding beginning in fiscal year 1995 for grants to state court systems to assess their foster care laws and judicial processes and to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. The Oversight Board is the multidisciplinary advisory group and task force to implement the program in West Virginia. The U.S. DHHS Administration for Children and Families continues to fund the program annually. Judge C. Carter Williams of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit (Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton Counties) is the chair of the Oversight Board.

The mission of the West Virginia Court Improvement Program is to advance practices, policies, and laws that improve the safety, timely permanency, and well-being of children and due process for families in child abuse/neglect and juvenile cases.

The Court Improvement Program Oversight Board and Committees

Court Improvement Program Staff
For more information about the Court Improvement Program, contact

Cindy Largent-Hill
Director, Division of Children's Services
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Administrative Office
Capitol Building 1, Room E-100
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Fax: (304) 558-0775
Email: Cindy Largent-Hill