ABSTRACT Research suggests that there are benefits of early intervention and in focusing on mental health for infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. Court Teams for Infants and Toddlers is a model program designed to improve developmental outcomes using a systemic change approach. Multi-system collaboration between the courts, child welfare, health professionals, child advocates, and community partners are promoted to increase awareness and improve outcomes for infants and toddlers who have been removed from their parents. The Court Teams model in Arizona is known as Best for Babies. This study looks at implementation efforts of Best for Babies in two counties, Yavapai and Pima, and the unique perspectives of foster parents and attorneys representing the infants and toddlers while in the foster care system. It is important for purposes of effective program implementation to understand whether the Best for Babies program has impacted how these stakeholders address the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Findings reveal that most foster parents in this study were not familiar with the Best for Babies program; however, many of the comments shared are aligned with the values of the program. For example, all participants commented that collaboration among various stakeholders is necessary. Areas of opportunity were also illustrated in the findings regarding Best for Babies program implementation. For instance, the study found that even those foster parents familiar with the program could not attribute an impact on their care of infants and toddlers specifically to Best for Babies.
- Implementation of court teams for infants and toddlers in Arizona: the stakeholder perspective from foster parents and attorneys
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- Social Work
- Best for Babies
- Child Welfare
- Court Teams
- Abused children--Services for--Arizona.
- Abused children
- Foster children--Services for--Arizona.
- Foster children
- Juvenile courts--Arizona.
- Juvenile courts
- Infants--Mental health--Arizona.
- Toddlers--Mental health--Arizona.
- Foster parents--Arizona--Attitudes.
- Foster parents
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- Partial requirement for: M.S.W., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical referencesNote typebibliography
- Field of study: Social work
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by Jennifer White