West Virginia Judiciary

Court Improvement Program Board Projects

New View Project

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia through its Court Improvement Program established the New View Project in 2013. The project uses a predictive model to generate a list of children who are likely to linger in out-of-home care. The project aims to view the top forty children on the list each year to provide new insight on the cases and make specific recommendations for achieving permanency and well-being for the children identified.

Criteria for the Predictive Model

Seventeen predictors are applied to the West Virginia's Bureau for Children and Families' Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data to create the list of children. The predictors include sex, race, date of first removal to foster care, number of foster care placements, and case plan goals, among other things.

The Viewing Process

After determining the children or young adults who will be a part of the project, the viewer prepares an order for a circuit judge to sign. Once the order is entered, the viewer begins by looking at the complete circuit court file and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) file. The viewer then interviews the case's stakeholders, which may include case workers, guardians ad litem, prosecuting attorneys, CASA workers, therapists, case managers, and most importantly, the child. Tthe viewer prepares a report, containing recommendations, which is filed with the circuit court.

The Project's Goals

The purpose of the project is to provide meaningful recommendations to multi-disciplinary teams and circuit courts to help achieve permanency and well-being for the child. Additionally, the project will collaborate with West Virginia DHHR in finding solutions to systemic issues discovered by the project.

New View 2.0 will be released in 2019.

Juvenile Law Guide

The Juvenile Law Guide is an overview of West Virginia juvenile law and court procedures. It is intended to provide a framework for understanding West Virginia's juvenile justice system.  This overview can be used as a training tool for juvenile justice system personnel, law enforcement, students, and the public.  It is accurate as of February 2016. The table of contents can be viewed by clicking here. The law guide was a project of the Youth Services Committee of the Court Improvement Board.

Other Projects

The Court Improvement Program Board uses three federal grants from the federal Administration for Children and Families which are matched with state funds to complete projects designed to improve outcomes for children involved in child abuse and neglect cases.

Other projects funded: