Judy Norris has more than 25 years of experience in serving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
For the past ten years, Ms. Norris has played a critical role in the development of ZERO TO THREE’s Safe Babies Court Team approach. From 2005 until 2014 she served as the Polk County, Iowa Safe Babies Court Team Community Coordinator. In that position, Ms. Norris worked with Polk County’s five juvenile court judges to implement expedited and enhanced services for infants and toddlers in foster care. She facilitated coordination and collaboration among community stakeholders on the Des Moines Zero to Three Team, coordinated stakeholder and committee meetings, and conducted follow-up activities related to project goals. She coordinated with community agencies to arrange local training and technical assistance. Since October 2014, she has been the Technical Assistance Specialist for the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT). The QIC-CT. The QIC-CT began in 2014 and is funded by the United States Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. As the QIC-CT’s Technical Assistance Specialist, Ms. Norris works with multiple sites around the country to implement the Safe Babies Court Team approach. Previous professional work has included program development and supervisory oversight in youth serving organizations in Iowa, involving direct care, residential treatment, transitional family therapy, and supervision of professionally diverse staff in the areas of mental health, delinquency, and teen parenting.