Family courts around Indiana will receive $242,911 in grant money to support projects, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Monday. A total of 19 counties will each receive grants of $4,000 to $35,000.
Counties receiving grant money are Allen, Brown, Daviess, Elkhart, Greene, Jefferson, Jennings, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, Monroe, Owen, Pike, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Warrick and Whitely. The Brown County grant will be shared with Jackson and Lawrence County family courts.
The court said the grants are designed to create innovative programs that improve the court process for families, with priority given to applications that emphasized four areas of programming:
1. Access to Justice – improving access to the courts for families without attorneys;
2. Alternative Dispute Resolution/Early Case Management – promoting timely resolution of cases;
3. Court-Related Services – implementing other programs that support families throughout the court process; and,
4. Judicial-Academic Partnerships – engaging academic partners in researching and analyzing court practices and services, and identifying evidence-based practices.
More information on the Family Court Project is available here.