A Guide to Implementing the Safe Babies Court Team Approach.
Zero to Three (Organization)
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This guide provides guidance to individuals in communities who want to better serve infants, toddlers, and their families within the child welfare system. The guide offers instruction for implementing a cooperative and dynamic structure of collaboration as well as creating partnerships among judges, families, and teams of professionals. These collaborative efforts work toward goals important to all: connecting babies and their families with the support and services they need to promote healthy child development while ensuring speedier exits from the system. The guide includes 12 chapters that cover a comprehensive list of topics important to implementing the Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) approach. The introduction discusses the importance of focusing on infants and toddlers in foster care and the risks and power of early intervention. Following chapters address: the history of the SBCT approach; the role of the community coordinator and staffing the SBCT; community partners and local leadership collaborating to create system reform; meeting parents where they are and recognizing the special challenges for parents involved in the child welfare system; engaging parents in the process from pre-removal conferences through case closure; selecting and implementing evidence-based interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care and their parents; concurrent planning, parent-child contact when the child is in foster care; the role of the parent partner and the implementation of programs in Iowa, Mississippi, and Arkansas; using data to make decision and evaluate success; and sustaining the SBCT approach.
infants; preschool children; teamwork; interdisciplinary approach; interagency collaboration; family courts; child welfare services; child welfare reform; partnerships; parent engagement; child development; foster children; early intervention programs