Services Support for Young Children and Families in the Child Welfare System.
Casanueva, Cecilia. Smith, Keith. Harris, Sarah. Carr, Christine. Burfeind, Chelsea.
Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams. RTI International.
Published: July 2018
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Sponsoring Organization: United States. Children’s Bureau.
Part of a series of briefs based on the evaluation of the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court (QIC-ITCT) teams, this federally funded brief shares research results that indicate among children (ages 0-3) about a third have developmental delays and half of preschoolers have high developmental or behavioral need; among young children in need of early intervention services, only 13% had an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to receive these services; and the third round of Child and Family Service Reviews across 24 States show child welfare outcomes are not improving, and many children (33%) and parents (39% of mothers and 54% of fathers) do not receive needed services. It then describes key components of the Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) approach that seek to ensure young children and their families receives the support services they need. In the SBCT approach children are identified prior to removal, and at the first hearing, the community coordinator reaches out to parents directly or through the parents’ attorney to describe the project, provide a package with information, and invite the family to participate. Comprehensive developmental, medical, and mental health services are then incorporated into the case plan to ensure the child’s well-being is given primary consideration in the resolution of the case. In communities using the SBCT approach, the list of services in the case plan is available to the judge for inclusion in the judicial orders or incorporated when the judge accepts the CWS’s case plan. In addition, the family teams use concurrent planning and strive to support early relationships for the child’s emotional well-being through mental health services, including the Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Evidence that the SBCT approach is working is discussed, as well as recommended actions for Infant-Toddler Court Teams. 12 references.
infants; preschool children; family therapy; mental health services; family courts; early intervention programs; interagency collaboration; child welfare services; foster children