What We Work For
We help local jurisdictions implement and sustain strategies to better serve young children and families involved with child welfare.
Often public systems operate in silos and in ways that create obstacles to meeting the needs of children and families. The lack of coordination can create barriers for young children in child welfare and their families, including longer stays in foster care and not being able to access necessary services in a timely fashion.
How We Do It
Using the latest information on brain science, childhood development, and trauma-informed care, we work with child welfare, court, and community stakeholders to provide resources to child welfare systems, early childhood systems, and the judiciary. We work to better equip them to meet the needs of young children and their families in their care.
We implement research-based infant-toddler court teams, which are based on the Safe Babies Court Teams approach. We are also supporting sites in using the Race Equity Assessment Tool to ensure the approach is reducing rather than creating disparate outcomes for children and families of color.
This approach has been shown to be effective by focusing on the science of child development and trauma. It provides young children and their families with access to supports and services. In addition, it builds capacity within communities so that systems are better able to support families. As a result, children and families experience better outcomes, including increased placement stability and access to services as well as shorter stays in foster care.
We believe that brain science and using trauma-informed approaches can transform the child welfare system and make it more focused on the people being served.