Welcome to the ZERO TO THREE 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.

For very young children involved with child welfare services, the National Infant-Toddler Court Program is supporting wide-scale dissemination of the Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT) approach, a specialized support for children at imminent risk of foster care or who are already in foster care. 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, not the other way around. The SBCT goal of achieving timely permanency for children under the Court’s jurisdiction can be accomplished in a variety of ways. 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 Janie Huddleston, Director, National Infant-Toddler Court Program  jhuddleston@zerotothree.org

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