What is Baby Court?
Baby Court is a specialized treatment court in Michigan that is designed to address the needs of children under the age of three years, who are being served by the child welfare system for maltreatment. It is a problem-solving court that recognizes a child's need for a consistent and sensitive attachment figure. All families receive an attachment-based treatment, Infant Mental Health Home Visiting, and the clinician speaks to the child's needs in court. The foster care specialist and clinician collaborate frequently, court hearings are non-adversarial and held more frequently. Baby Court is effective at reducing developmental delays, time in care, and re-entries into care. It also increases timely permanency, parenting sensitivity, and reunification.
MPSI provides two self-paced on-line training modules for Baby Court
The first training is designed for county-level decision-makers in child welfare, children's mental health, and the court systems. It provides an overview of Baby Court, outlines the steps to bring a Baby Court to your community, and increases awareness of other training resources. This training takes approximately one hour to complete. You can register yourself for free by completing this form. After completing the form you will receive instructions for self-registration. Once registered, you can access the training at training.mpsi.wayne.edu
The second training is for Baby Court teams, including jurists, attorneys, foster care specialists and their supervisors, and IMH clinicians and their supervisors. The Baby Court team training is self-paced; offered in 5 modules; and takes 8 hours to complete. Participants learn about the laws and policies that guide the child welfare system, how Baby Court addresses the needs of babies in the child welfare system and their families, the collaborative role of the Baby Court team, the values of Baby Court team members, inequities in the child welfare system, the impact of implicit bias in work with families, the child welfare process from allegation to case closure, and the perspective of families involved in the child welfare system, and Infant Mental Health-Home Visiting. Participants who pass a post-test can earn a certificate and social work CEs.
The training is free to counties who have already established or are in the process of establishing a Baby Court and are participating in the evaluation of the training. To find out if you are eligible for the free training, reach out to the Baby Court supervisor at your agency. If you would like your county to participate in the evaluation and receive free training contact Ann Stacks (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are not eligible for the free training, but want to learn about Baby Court, the cost of the training is $50. Once you have registered and created an account you can access the training at training.mpsi.wayne.edu
There are two ways to register for the Baby Court Team training:
- If you are in a county that is participating in the evaluation, your supervisor will contact you about registering. They will give you a coupon code that you can use at the registration site below.
- If you are not eligible for the free training, click the registration link below. After your registration is complete, look out for an email to set up your account on the Canvas learning management system. You should receive the email in 3 business days.
We are grateful to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for their support to develop the Baby Court training and to evaluate it.
Question? Contact Ann Stacks at email@example.com