Six Jurisdictions Chosen as Demonstration Sites for the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams
The Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT), funded by the United States Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, is a partnership led by ZERO TO THREE in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and RTI, International. To operate the QIC-CT, ZERO TO THREE and its partners will provide intensive training and technical assistance to fully develop and expand research-based infant-toddler court teams in demonstration sites based on the Safe Babies Court Team approach. Throughout the project, the QIC-CT will disseminate information that highlights best practices to support and sustain infant-toddler court teams in the demonstration sites and other communities interested in implementing infant-toddler court teams.
The six jurisdictions chosen as QIC-CT demonstration sites, which were selected through a rigorous review process, include:
- New Haven/Milford Safe Babies Court Teams, Connecticut
- Florida Court Improvement Program, State of Florida
- The Judiciary, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Polk County Safe Babies Court Team, Des Moines, Iowa
- Forrest County Safe Babies Court Team, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, North Carolina
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Leveraging Lessons Learned: State and Federal Policy
Safe Babies Court Teams have served as community laboratories where hard-won experience at the local level has been used to inform local, state, and federal policymakers. ZERO TO THREE has partnered with several national organizations—including the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Child Trends, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, National Black Child Development Institute, National Council of La Raza, and Voices for America’s Children—to develop policy recommendations for state and federal policy. To better appreciate the starting point for practice and policy change, ZTT, in collaboration with Child Trends, published Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives which documents the policies of 46 state child welfare agencies.