The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children provides systemic and case level support to court and system practitioners to address the needs of very young children who have been maltreated by their parents or guardians. The early years of a child’s life are some of the most critical in ensuring his or her social, cognitive and emotional well-being. However, the developmental needs of children involved in the child welfare system, who frequently suffer from trauma, toxic stress, and/or chronic neglect, are often overlooked due to the parents’ needs, systems complexity and other issues. In Nebraska, maltreated young children too often do not have their social-emotional needs addressed, do not attend high quality child care, and do not participate in evidence-based interventions like home visiting and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children was formerly known as the Nebraska Infant/Toddler Court Improvement Project, which was created under the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative as a way to address the needs of young children involved in the child welfare court system. The Project is now its own independent program within CCFL but partners closely with the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative and its local, judge-led teams. The project works (1) on a systems level in partnership with other Nebraska organizations to improve statewide systems and (2) on a local case level with local court teams, state agencies, local organizations and local providers to address the needs of young children in their courts and caseloads. Systems issues include expanding and stabilizing evidence-based practices for young children, increasing access to early intervention services, and increasing access to high quality child care. Case level issues are focused on developmental needs (including early intervention eligibility), the parent-child relationship, child care, and medical care.
Visit Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children website: http://www.nebraskababies.com/
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