Building a System of Support for Young Children in Foster Care.
California Child Welfare Council. Child Development and Successful Youth Transitions Committee. Judicial Council of California.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: December 1, 2013 rev.
This report explains children ages zero to five who have experienced trauma and/or maltreatment and are involved with the foster care system require specialized care and services to reduce the negative impacts on brain development. It recommends the California Child Welfare Council raise the level of awareness regarding the needs of children ages zero to five in foster care and recommend all State and local agencies develop specialized support and services for this vulnerable population. Information is provided on infant brain development and strategies are discussed for addressing the needs of children ages zero to five. Strategies include: incorporate existing scientific research into State and local policies and practices in order to promote positive development and prevent future maltreatment for children ages zero to five; enhance curricula and other training resources to help professionals recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress and re-traumatization of young foster children; integrate multi-agency services to eliminate fragmentation and duplication of services for children or families of children ages zero to five; and encourage cross-system collaboration between local and State departments and formalized agreements between child welfare agencies and public service programs/ community partners in order to cultivate an inter-agency system that provides appro¬priate, timely, and quality services that can reduce the impacts of trauma on young children ages zero to five. Examples of promising programs that incorporate these strategies and other successful strategies are highlighted, and collaborations with First Five Commissions to support services for foster children ages zero to five are described.
foster children; preschool children; service integration; childhood trauma; early intervention programs; trauma informed practice; California