Indiana Judicial Center
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 900
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Angela Reid-Brown
Court Improvement Program Administrator

Pho: 317.232.1313
angela.reid-brown@courts.in.gov

Mike Commons
Staff Attorney, Division of State Court Administration

Pho: 317.233.1579
Michael.commons@courts.in.gov

Indiana Judicial Center > Court Improvement Program > Timeliness Measures Court Performance Timeliness Measures

The Child in Need of Services (CHINS) Timeliness Measures were established by Administrative Rule 1 (F) in order to track and measure court performance in CHINS and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases.  The performance measures are based on the guidelines of the federal Court Improvement Program and are a part of the requirements of the program.  They also provide an opportunity for courts to check their own performance and timeliness in CHINS and TPR cases.  Effective July 1, 2014, every court with CHINS jurisdiction is required to report quarterly on the timeliness measures. 

The timeliness measures are:

  1. Time to permanent placement
  2. Time to first permanency hearing
  3. Time to the filing of the termination of parental rights petition
  4. Time to termination of parental rights
  5. Time to all subsequent permanency hearings.

The instructions and form for courts exercising CHINS and TPR jurisdiction to report on these measures are available below.  The form contains formulas that will calculate the measures needed.  It has three worksheets, which can be reached by the tabs at the bottom of the page.  If you are submitting a late report from the previous fiscal year, please use the Instructions for the Previous Year.  If you are submitting a report for the current quarter, please use the Instructions for the Current Year.

Please download the form and instructions, fill out the form, and email it to michael.commons@courts.in.gov according to the schedule below.

Deadlines:

April 10, 2015
Report due for second quarter cases (all cases in which the wardship was terminated between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015).

Timeliness Forms

Court Performance Measurements Presentations and Video