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A Guide to Implementing the Safe Babies Court Teams Approach

Oct 17, 2016

Every day we learn more about how to support communities in improving the experience of infants and toddlers in foster care. After more than 10 years of building Safe Babies Court Teams in communities around the country, it is time to produce a detailed “how to” guide.

The forthcoming Guide to Implementing the Safe Babies Court Teams Approach includes 12 chapters that cover a comprehensive list of topics important to implementing the Safe Babies Court Team approach. Focused on collaboration with families whose young children are in foster care and across child-serving systems, this volume is a community organizing tool for improving our response to maltreatment of infants and toddlers. The online document includes a wide array of forms, checklists, and examples to bring the work to life in a tangible way that supports your ability to put this system into action.

Throughout the manual, we have placed a strong emphasis on how we as professionals interact with one another and with the families who are faced with child maltreatment allegations. For example, Chapter V: Meeting Parents Where They Are: Special Challenges for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System describes ten important issues that may be confronted by parents served by Safe Babies Court Teams:

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