West Virginia Judiciary

Court Improvement Program Board Projects

New View Project

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia thorugh its Court Improvement Program established the New View Project in 2013. The project uses a predicitive model to generate a list of children who are likely to longer 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 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 determing 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 beings by looking at the complete circuit court file and Department of Health and Humans Resources (DHHR) file. The viewer then interviews the case's stakeholders, which may include case workers, guardian ad litems, prosecuting attorneys, CASA workers, therapists, case managers, and most importantly, the child. After all this, the viewer prepares a report, which is filed with the circuit court, hopefully within sixty day of enterin the order.

The Project's Goals

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

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. The projects are aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families in child abuse and neglect cases while the court system finds permanent homes for the children.

Among the many projects these grants have funded are: