Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children & Their Families in the Child Welfare System
  • Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children & Their Families in the Child Welfare System

Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children & Their Families in the Child Welfare System

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Mixed media product 192 Pages / Published: 30/03/2011
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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 careadvance a more therapeutic approach to child welfare in the courtroom and communitychoose and implement an evidence-based parenting programimprove 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 testimonybuild trusting, supportive relationships with familiesimprove children's early access to quality care and education programslead reform efforts toward a more child-centered child welfare systemdecrease 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 ChecklistSample Court OrdersCourt Report TemplatesDecision-Making Tree for CPP and ParentingSample Relationship-Based AssessmentIndividualized Family Support Plan and Evaluation ReportHealthy Start Referral FormOrder for Part C Evaluationand more

Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781598570731
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm


"I read Child-Centered Practices through the eyes of a (former) judge, heartened and enthused by the path it defines for courts and beyond courts: evidence-based, yet creative, constructive, collaborative initiatives. It's an inspiring read, amply buttressed by the references, tools and models needed to improve the lives of young children in foster care, their families and communities." --Judith S. Kaye"Chief Judge of the State of New York (ret.)" (09/23/2010)

"A bold and important book . . . must reading for all legal, child welfare, and mental health professionals involved with maltreated children and their families." --Charles H. Zeanah, M.D."Sellars Polchow of Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine" (09/23/2010)

"These are more than useful guidelines. The authors provide excellent and readable reviews of current research from the sciences of early child development, mental health and evidence-based programs for helping children and parents." --Robert N. Emde, M.D."Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Former President of the Society for Research in Child Development; Honorary President of the World Association of Infant Mental Health" (09/23/2010)

"Documents an innovative judicial system--infant/early childhood mental health collaboration that holds great promise for safeguarding maltreated young children and helping parents learn to nurture their children's healthy development." --Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D."Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health Professor, and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry; Director, Child Trauma Research Project, San Francisco General Hospital" (09/30/2010)

"Simply a beautiful book--informative, practical, and comprehensive . . . If you are a professional working with families in child welfare, this book is the best comprehensive resource that you will want to have." --Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D."President, Family Development Resources, Inc.; Executive Director, Family Nurturing Centers International" (09/30/2010)

"It's difficult to imagine any aspect of social policy or service delivery for young children and their families for which an understanding of the science of early childhood development could possibly be more important than in the way we address the needs of children who have been abused or neglected. And there is no arena in which the application of that knowledge is more critical to sound decision-making than at the intersection of the child welfare system and the courts." --Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D."Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development; Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University" (09/30/2010)

"A powerful, practical guide to changing the child welfare system so that it actually works for children." --Elizabeth Bartholet, J.D.

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