This self-assessment tool stems from the collective vision of leading child welfare and early childhood development organizations on the important steps that can and should be taken in policies, programs, and practices to address the needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers known to the child welfare system contained in A Call to Action on Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers (www.zerotothree.org/acalltoaction). This tool is designed to help states and counties both prepare to meet these new federal requirements and conduct ongoing assessment and quality improvement efforts. It will help states and counties to: (1) Assess how well their child welfare policies and practices address the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and their families; (2) Identify where and how policies and practices can be improved; and (3) Engage partners in taking constructive action. (Author abstract)
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A Developmental Approach to Child Welfare Services for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: A Self-Assessment Tool for States and Counties Administering Child Welfare Services.