Over the last few years the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has demonstrated its commitment to children throught its attention to child abuse and neglect proceedings. Aided by the collaboration of West Virginia's Court Improvement Board, a nationally recognized database was created to collect information on the timeliness of events whithin child abuse and neglect cases. The database is administered by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Division of Court Services. Funding is provided by Court Improvement Program grant funds awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Servies, Administration for Children and Families.
While this report is organized by judge, the data reflects of the work of all professionals involved in abuse and neglect proceedings on the judge's caseload. These professionals include child protective service workers, attorneys, guardians ad litem, and child advocates, among others. Additionally, abuse and neglect cases often involve children and families with unique circumstances that can complicate the process. Some circumstances are significant enough to merit or require a departure from the normal timeframes in a case. Knowing this, it is not the goal of the project to obtain 100% compliance to the various performance measures. The project's purpose is to provide each ciruit court and the Supreme Court the data-tools to aid in identifying areas in need of improvement to expedite permanency for children.