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The Powerful Impact of Safe Babies Court Team: An Inside Perspective

How well have our intentions for SBCT matched the outcomes where it has been used? Recently, the SBCT approach was evaluated by RTI International.

By Lucy Hudson, Director, Safe Babies Court TeamsTM Project, and Content Expert/Writer, Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant–Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT)

When we began to develop the Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) approach in 2005, we knew that there were some things that set us apart from well-meaning but generalized advice to “be trauma-informed” or “family-focused” in our efforts to support families in the child welfare system. Knowing what was important for vulnerable babies and their families led us to some very specific recommendations: These recommendations led to the development of an approach that, in addition to incorporating sensitivity to the developmental needs of infants and toddlers, addresses the poverty, trauma, and racism that most of our families confront and that affects their ability to parent.

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