Meeting the Developmental Needs of Infant and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System -
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. The policy agenda is intended to provide a starting point for policymakers at all levels of government in creating a response to these special needs. It first presents the 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.
Meeting the Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System, Patricia Cole, ZERO TO THREE
The Status of Infants in Foster Care, Fred Wulczyn, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Impact of Maltreatment on Early Childhood Development, Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Improving the Lives of Infants and Toddlers in the Arkansas Child Welfare System, Cecile Blucker, Arkansas Department of Human Services
Framework for a Developmental Approach to Child Welfare, Patricia Cole, ZERO TO THREE