Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare Sys / Edition 1

Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare Sys / Edition 1

by Lynne F. Katz, Judge Cindy S. Lederman, Joy O. Osofsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1598570730

ISBN-13: 9781598570731

Pub. Date: 11/01/2010

Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company


How can early childhood professionals provide the best possible services and supports to families in the child welfare system? This guidebook has the practical, real-world answers professionals need as they navigate the complex system, work with the courts, and plan interventions and treatment for the most vulnerable young children and families.

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Overview


How can early childhood professionals provide the best possible services and supports to families in the child welfare system? This guidebook has the practical, real-world answers professionals need as they navigate the complex system, work with the courts, and plan interventions and treatment for the most vulnerable young children and families.

Developed by a psychologist, a judge, and an expert on early intervention and education, this accessible practitioner's guide introduces early childhood professionals to the coordinated, evidence-based practices used successfully in Miami's juvenile court and child welfare community. As they follow a gripping case study of one young mother and her children, readers will see in vivid detail why effective, integrated services are needed to improve child and family outcomes. Then, with practical tips and guidance from the perspective of the court, the clinician, and the early intervention expert, readers will discover how to

  • plan and implement a coordinated system of care
  • advance a more therapeutic approach to child welfare in the courtroom and community
  • choose and implement an evidence-based parenting program
  • improve relationships between children and parents by implementing Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • successfully navigate a court appearance, from understanding the thoughts and perspectives of the judge to delivering effective testimony
  • build trusting, supportive relationships with families
  • improve children's early access to quality care and education programs
  • lead reform efforts toward a more child-centered child welfare system
  • decrease the incidence of burnout and compassion fatigue

Readers will also get sample forms and checklists they can use as models to enhance their everyday work with families and children (see list below).

With these practical tools and evidence-based strategies, professionals will ensure coordinated, high-quality services that improve the child welfare system and have long-lasting positive effects on young children and families.

Includes an appendix of practical sample forms such as

  • Clinical Interaction Checklist
  • Sample Court Orders
  • Court Report Templates
  • Decision-Making Tree for CPP and Parenting
  • Sample Relationship-Based Assessment
  • Individualized Family Support Plan and Evaluation Report
  • Healthy Start Referral Form
  • Order for Part C Evaluation
  • and more

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598570731
Publisher:
Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
573,721
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 Profile of Infants, Toddlers, and Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System 1

2 Use of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs for Parents of At-Risk Young Children 17

3 Healing the Infant-Parent Relationship 37

4 Supporting the Development of Very Young Children 53

5 Early Care and Education Settings that Support Child Development 63

6 Developing a Coordinated System of Care 73

7 Demystifying the Court Process: How to Be an Effective Advocate in Juvenile and Family Court 91

8 Understanding and Preventing Vicarious Traumatization and Compassion Fatigue 99

Conclusion 107

Appendixes

A Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System 113

B Sample Court Reports 123

Dependency Parenting Provider Initiative Court Reports: Completion and Submission Guidelines 124

Initial Report 127

Status Report 132

Final Report 137

Notice of Termination of Services 143

Early Head Start Sample Court Report 148

Infant Mental Health Therapist Report 151

C Sample Memorandum of Understanding for Cross-Agency (Child Welfare/University) Collaboration 161

D Sample Court Orders 165

Miami Juvenile Court Order for Early Intervention Services Evaluation Through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 166

Miami Juvenile Court Order of Referral to Healthy Start 168

E Sample Protocol for Identifying an Accredited Early Care and Education Program Placement for Children Involved with the Dependency Court 171

F Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) for Early Intervention Services and Evaluation Report (Florida) 173

G Infant Mental Health-Related Documents and Tools Sample Referral Eligibility Checklist 186

Early Childhood Relationship Observation Coding Scales (EC-ROCS) 188

Examples of Developmentally Appropriate Toys 193

Sample Child-Caregiver Relationship Assessment 195

Index 197

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