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.

Mother and her daughter

Children are extraordinarily precious members of society, they are exquisitely alert, sensitive, and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable to maltreatment or emotional abuse by adults who refuse to give them the profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled.
- Wisdom of the Elders, quoted in Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994).