Safe Baby Court Team

Transforming the Experience of Infants & Toddlers in Ohio's Child Welfare System

In 2020, Groundwork Ohio and the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio entered a unique partnership to to expand the Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT) approach in Ohio through standing up infant-toddler court teams in Cuyahoga, Montgomery, and Scioto counties under the leadership of Judge Kristin Sweeney, Judge Helen Wallace and Judge Alan Lemons respectively. The work is funded by a one-year, $425,000 State Expansion Grant from ZERO TO THREE, a national leader whose mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. The organizations have engaged Cindy Oser, recently retired as Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at ZERO TO THREE to serve as the Statewide Coordinator for the grant.

Implementing Our Approach

In order to successfully implement this approach, we have organized a group of leading experts to be a part of the Ohio Infant-Toddler Court Team State Advisory Group. This group meets quarterly to address gaps and barriers families and courts face as they implement this program in hopes that this program will be implemented statewide in the near future. The group is comprised of leaders from the following organizations:

  • Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio

  • County Commissioners Association of Ohio

  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court

  • Governor Mike DeWine’s Office of Children’s Initiatives

  • Lucas County Juvenile Court

  • Montgomery County Juvenile Court

  • Ohio Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

  • Ohio CASA/GAL Association

  • Ohio Chapter - American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Ohio Children’s Alliance

  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

  • Ohio Department of Education

  • Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health

  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Office of Families and Children

  • Ohio National Association of Social Workers

  • Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment and Reducing Trauma)

  • Ohio Supreme Court

  • Public Children Services Association of Ohio

  • Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division

RESOURCES:

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Additional Meeting Materials


In progress, stay tuned!




November 17, 2020


On November 17th, ZERO TO THREE hosted an Infant-Toddler Court Team Program Orientation/Kick-Off Meeting for the Ohio Expansion Project to become more familiar with the approach. You can view the recording of the meeting here.




February 3, 2021


Coming soon!





 

Learn More or Get Involved

ITCT State Team Staff:


  • Cindy Oser
    Statewide Coordinator, Ohio Infant-Toddler Court Team Expansion Project
    Email Cindy >

  • Julia Jackels
    Assistant Project Coordinator, Ohio Infant-Toddler Court Team Expansion Project
    Email Julia >




Local ITCT Sites:


Cuyahoga County
Delaney L. Jones, MSSA, LSW
Community Coordinator, Safe Babies Court Team Cuyahoga County
Email Delaney >
Lucas County Tasha Lothery, LSW, MSW • Lucas County Juvenile Court
Healthy Baby Court Coordinator Email Tasha > Access Lucas County Healthy Baby Court Brochure > Montgomery County
Kelly Walker Smith • Montgomery County Juvenile Court
Safe Babies Court Team Community Coordinator
Email Kelly >

Scioto County
Jordan Davis • Scioto County Juvenile Court
Community Coordinator – Infant Toddler Court Program
Email Jordan >





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