Judy Norris is a Technical Assistance Specialist the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT).
Jude 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 eleven 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. Ms. Norris was responsible for implementing the local evaluation plan and participating in the national evaluation activities for the Safe Babies Court Teams Project.
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. The QIC-CT is operated by ZERO TO THREE and its partners, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and RTI International. As the QIC-CT’s Technical Assistance Specialist, Ms. Norris she works with multiple sites around the country to implement court team practices in participating communities.
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. She has been active in various advisory committees and boards including the Trauma Informed Care Community Advisory Group, Iowa Early Childhood Infant Mental Health, Gender Specific Task Force, Juvenile Fire Setting Coalition, Parents As Partners, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Drug Endangered Children Multidisciplinary Team, Drake Early Head Start/Head Start Policy Council, DECAT Providers Advisory, Early Access Distance Mentoring Advisory Group, and is a member of Polk County Model Court where she has worked to improve family contact practices, father engagement, dental health, child welfare interventions at all levels, and system problem solving for kinship placements in Polk County.