The Safe Babies Court Team™

Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program The Safe Babies Court Team™ was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for The Safe Babies Court Team™ as listed below:

Pre-implementation assessments occur at two points. The first occurs when ZERO TO THREE is first contacted by community leaders. ZERO TO THREE considers a community ready to establish a Safe Babies Court Team when there is a judge or child welfare agency leader interested in bringing a Court Team to their community and they have identified funding to support it.

The second pre-implementation assessment occurs when the broader community becomes involved. Participants at the first community meeting, an orientation/kick off meeting, are asked to think about several categories of concern (e.g. early intervention, parent-child contact, mental health services) and identify: (1) issues confronting infants and toddlers in foster care, (2) existing resources/services/initiatives, and (3) improvements needed to truly meet the needs of young children in foster care and their families. This exercise serves as the basis for building a work plan for the SBCT as it begins monthly meetings. The full list of categories and the format for presentation of the findings is available from Lucy Hudson, SBCT Project Director.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of The Safe Babies Court Team™ as listed below:

The Safe Babies Court Teams Project is sponsored by ZERO TO THREE. To facilitate the work of the local SBCT, ZERO TO THREE has undertaken the development of a national infrastructure to support the Court Teams and increase national attention on infants and toddlers in foster care. ZERO TO THREE’s work is summarized in four categories:

  • Project conceptualization
  • Programmatic support
  • Resources for Community Coordinators and Safe Babies Court Teams
  • Building a national learning community

ZERO TO THREE’s leadership of the SBCT resides in the position of the Project Director.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for The Safe Babies Court Team™ as listed below:

There is a secure, web-based system protected by an SSI certificate that encrypts all data transmitted from the user’s web browser to the server. The data are maintained on a secure server located at ZERO TO THREE. The Community Coordinator, with training and supervision by the Project Coordinator, is responsible for entering data on every child and parent monitored by the SBCT. Before data is collected, the Community Coordinator reviews informed consent and release of information forms with parents and their attorneys to permit this data collection. Data collected include information on key elements of the project model including frequency of family team meetings and hearings, frequency of visitation, number of placements and so on. Project staff monitors these data to ensure the project is implemented as intended. Lucy Hudson, the SBCT Project Director, can provide a list of the data elements collected and the specific outcome measures pertinent to child well-being that are collected.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for The Safe Babies Court Team™ as listed below:

The guidebook covers the many lessons learned from implementing SBCT in 20+ communities. In addition, there is a detailed user’s guide for the SBCT database that collects information about the children and families served in each site. Contact the program representative for information on how to obtain them.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has not been conducted on how to implement The Safe Babies Court Team™.