National Infant-Toddler Court Program

The ZERO TO THREE National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services.

The ITCP is operated by ZERO TO THREE in partnership with The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law; The Center for the Study of Social Policy; The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and an independent evaluation team at RTI International.

What’s New

  • ITCP NRC Resource Library The National Resource Center for the ITCP provides support and resources to sites and states across the country implementing infant-toddler court teams. We are pleased to share a variety of resources, materials, and learning opportunities for infant-toddler court professionals through the ITCP NRC Resource Library.
  • Reasonable and Active Efforts: A Tool to Prevent Removal and Reunify Families
    Legal professionals serving infants and toddlers in the child welfare system need to know how to leverage reasonable and active efforts findings in their cases. This new resource highlights reasonable/active efforts and special considerations for cases involving infants and toddlers.
  • The National ITCP Advisory Group for Parents’ Voices
    Learn more about the work of the Advisory Group for Parents’ Voices, made up of parent leaders from across the country, each with lived experience in child welfare, who are currently serving as peer mentors, supporting systems change efforts, and advocating for parents across the country.
  • High-Quality Legal Representation in Safe Babies Court Teams: Considerations for Attorneys
    Developed by the ABA Center on Children and the Law in collaboration with ZERO TO THREE, this new resource highlights how Safe Babies Court Teams promote high-quality legal representation for young children and their parents in the child welfare system.

Key Resources

The National Infant-Toddler Court Program is supporting wide-scale dissemination of the Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT) approach, a specialized support for children birth to three years of age in foster care, or at risk of removal, and their families. This evidence-based approach connects babies and their families with the support and services they need to ensure healthy development and lasting permanency.

Court Teams build a foundation using the SBCT Core Components as a framework for implementation, and we encourage communities to take the approach and fit it to their community. The SBCT goal of advancing the health and well-being of very young children and their families, so they flourish is be accomplished through interdisciplinary, collaborative and proactive team work. Careful, empathic, and intentional planning coupled with timely access to quality services are at the core of this work. The Infant-Toddler Court Program has grown from a place of providing information and training on the SBCT approach to a national resource center that assists communities in building capacity to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families.

For inquiries about the ITCP, please contact Aidan Bohlander, Senior Outreach Specialist abohlander@zerotothree.org, or Janie Huddleston, Director, National Infant-Toddler Court Program jhuddleston@zerotothree.org.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,986,820 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

The Safe Babies Court Team™ Approach

Resources

Cross Sites Meetings

Meet the ITCP Team

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    Darneshia Allen

    Darneshia Allen, BS, is a Director of Practice and Field Operations for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Aidan H. Bohlander

    Aidan Bohlander, PhD, LICSW, is the Manager, Outreach & Product for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Natalie Bumgarner

    Natalie Bumgarner is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE.

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    Lena Cunningham

    Lena Cunningham is the Subaward Manager with the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Gwen Doland

    Gwen Doland, MS LMHC CADC, is the Substance Use Disorder Clinical Manager for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Amanda Ferguson

    Amanda Ferguson, M.A., is the Development Manager for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Jenifer Goldman Fraser

    Jenifer Goldman Fraser, PhD, MPH, is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Janie Huddleston

    Janie Huddleston, MSE, BSE, is the Director of the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Tammy Keech

    Tammy Keech is the Community Coordinator in Pulaski County, AR for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Tiffany Kell

    Tiffany Kell, Esq., MPH, is the Senior Program Manager for Arkansas for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Jessica Lertora

    Jessica Lertora, MSW, LCSW-C is the Community Coordinator in Frederick County, MD for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Katrine Marhevka

    Katrine Marhevka, MA, is the Quality Improvement Manager for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Lisa McGarrie

    Lisa McGarrie, MSW, LCSW, is the Senior Policy & Finance Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Shawani Milton

    Shawani Milton is a Community Coordinator for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Judy Norris

    Judy Norris, BS, is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Molly O'Neil

    Molly O'Neil, MPH, is a Senior Research Analyst for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Kylene Parker

    Kylene Parker, MSM is the Program Coordinator for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Andria Peek

    Andria Peek is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Sarah Ray Rimington

    Sarah Ray Rimington, BA, is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Amber Retke

    Amber Retke is a Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Marie Robinson

    Marie Robinson is the Community Coordinator in Sebastian County, AR for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Heather Schmidt

    Heather Schmidt is the Assistant Project Director, Operations, for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Mike Sherman

    Mike Sherman, Psy.D., is the Infant and Early Childhood MH Clinical Manager for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Torey Silloway

    Torey Silloway, MPP is the Director of Policy and Financing for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Amy Swift

    Amy Swift is the Community Coordinator in Benton County, AR for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE

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    Jaclyn Szrom

    Jaclyn Szrom, MPA, is a Senior Policy Analyst for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE.