Briefing: Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System

Child Abuse & Neglect

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9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Rayburn House Office Building

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200,000 infants and toddlers have contact with state child welfare systems every year, at a time when rapid brain development can be undermined by abuse or neglect. State child welfare agencies hold not only the safety, but also the vital early development, of infants and toddlers in their hands. How well do they respond? Join us for a briefing on a groundbreaking survey from ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends providing a nationwide look at child welfare policies and practices guiding states’ work in addressing the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their families. Welcome Matthew E. Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE Christine Calpin, Managing Director, Casey Family Programs Panelists Dr. Brenda Jones Harden, Associate Professor, Institute for Child Study, University of Maryland Melissa Correia, Data Driven Practice Advisor, Casey Family Programs Elizabeth Jordan, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Trends Nicole Laird, Participating Parent, Safe Babies Court Team, Polk County, Iowa Stacie Bladen, Project Manager, Children’s Services Administration, Michigan Department of Human Services Light refreshments will be served. Supported by: Casey Family Programs, ChildTrends, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, National Black Child Development Institute, National Child Abuse Coalition, and the National Foster Care Coalition. RSVP: