One of the most important components of the Safe Babies Court Team Project is increasing awareness about the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers. To do this, the National Center for Safe Babies, Strong Families and Healthy Communities has produced a variety of resources such as videos and articles that articulate the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers to professionals in Safe Babies Court Team communities and beyond.
Safe Babies Court Teams: Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities
From the producers of Helping Babies from the Bench: Using the Science of Early Childhood Development in Court. The Safe Babies Court Teams Project is excited to present the Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities DVD (February 2012). The DVD features:
- A fresh look at the Safe Babies Court Teams initiative (19-minute segment), including the groundbreaking illustration of the “Still Face Experiment” narrated by developmental and clinical psychologist Dr. Ed Tronick of Boston Children’s Hospital. This segment strikingly illustrates the immediate negative reaction neglect has on the developing brain of very young children.
- Information on parents of maltreated infants and toddlers (9-minute segment)
- An innovative approach to the transition to foster care at removal (13-minute segment)
- The complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in young children (16-minute segment).
This product is available for purchase at the ZERO TO THREE Bookstore. To order it, click here.
Note: Helping Babies from the Bench: Using the Science of Early Childhood Development in Court is no longer available for ordering.
A Call To Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers
A Call to Action represents the collective vision of leading child welfare and early childhood development organizations on the important steps that can and should be taken in policies, programs, and practices to address the needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers who come to the attention of the child welfare system. This policy agenda is intended to provide a starting point for policymakers at all levels of government in creating a response to the sechildren's special needs. It first presents compelling evidence for addressing the needs of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system, and then suggests key elements of a developmental approach for this vulnerable population. Organizations joining with ZERO TO THREE to create the policy agenda and urge action include American Humane Association, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Child Welfare League of America, and Children’s Defense Fund.
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Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures: A Judge’s Guide
Written collaboratively by ZERO TO THREE, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, the Judge’s Guide is designed especially for judges and legal professionals to guide them through permanency planning. With this comprehensive guidebook that focuses on the unique physical and socio-emotional needs of infants and toddlers, judges are equipped with a context for developmentally appropriate issues concerning young children and their families.
To download the book click here.