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A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers

This policy agenda outline the important steps that can and should be taken to address the needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers in the child welfare system.

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,Woman and baby smiling 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 children’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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