Projects & Outreach: Nebraska Court Improvement Project

Using federal funding made available through a contract with the Supreme Court of Nebraska, this project is designed to improve the functioning of the state court system in responding to cases involving children who have been abused or neglected. This project began in 1995 and is expected to continue indefinitely. The Court Improvement Project is the umbrella for most of the Center on Children, Families and the Law's activities that focus on the judicial and legal system. These specific projects include:


Ongoing Projects

Past Projects


Jennie Cole-Mossman, LIMHP
Young Child Services Coordinator
Contact Jennie with questions about Project Safe Start-Nebraska
(402) 472-9807

Mark Cooper, MA
Project Evaluator
Contact Mark with questions about PSSN or CIP data
(402) 472-3134

Kelli M. Hauptman, JD
Staff Attorney
Contact Kelli with questions about the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative
(402) 472-3927

Melissa Townsend
Project Coordinator
Contact Melissa with questions about training, web sites, or resources
(402) 472-3292

Vicky Weisz, PhD, MLS
Court Improvement Project Director
Research Professor
Contact Vicky with questions about The Court Improvement Project
(402) 472-9814

Our mission

Is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service. The purpose of CCFL's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Teenager with a baby

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to hear the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson