Every year in the United States, nearly 200,000 infants and toddlers experience abuse or neglect. This may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many families under significant stress due to social isolation, economic uncertainty, mental health concerns, or fear of falling ill.
In its current form, the child welfare system is not set up to support the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Infant-Toddler Court Teams can help. Urge your Representative to cosponsor the Strengthening America’s Families Act, which would support state efforts to implement this approach with a successful track record of improving outcomes for babies and families in the child welfare system.