Florida's Early Childhood Courts: Hope and Healing
Florida's Early Childhood Courts: Hope and Healing documentaries showcase the struggles and hopes of five remarkable families who participated in this court-based child welfare program. And, the court team staff who go the extra mile to help get young children a permanent loving family.
According to Dr. Graham, Florida’s Early Childhood Courts, fondly referred to as “Baby Courts,” “are a powerful combination of judicial leadership, a supportive, non-adversarial multidisciplinary team and expert clinical guidance. These short documentaries capture the real soul of baby court.”
Both short films and training videos can be viewed at the link below.
What is Early Childhood Court?
Florida's Early Childhood Court, also referred to as "Baby Court," serves children under the age of three in the child welfare court process. Using the science of attachment and a trauma-informed team, outcomes are improved for safety, permanency, and well-being for abused and neglected young children during the most pivotal time for brain development. Early Childhood Courts are one type of Florida's many successful problem-solving courts designed to address both the legal and underlying nonlegal issues to break the cycle of multigenerational trauma and court involvement.
How does it work?
Why Early Childhood Court?
Science serves as the foundation for this problem-solving court. These courts improve outcomes for children and families, and deliver taxpayer savings.
Healthy Trajectory &
Taxpayer Cost Savings
Early Childhood Court Partners
At the local level, Early Childhood Courts build strong partnerships among judges, infant mental health specialists, community coordinators, attorneys, parents, foster parents, service providers, case workers, guardians ad litem, and more!
Contact Florida's Early Childhood Courts
Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy
Florida State University