Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $389,032)
ZERO TO THREE proposes to start a Court Team for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers in Honolulu, Hawaii. The goal of the Honolulu Court Team is to enhance the capacity of the local court to handle cases involving the maltreatment of infants and toddlers. This Court Team will be co-led by Judge Linda Luke and an early childhood professional (to be hired and supervised by ZERO TO THREE). They will convene a Court Team that includes all the disciplines touching the lives of young children in foster care. Through the efforts of this multidisciplinary team, the local court will enhance its capacity to respond to the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers and their families. ZERO TO THREE will provide training, technical assistance, and support. A Project Evaluator will track changes over time including the types of services ordered and received by parents and children, the number of reunifications, and increased knowledge of local Court Team members. Ultimately the project hopes to reduce the recurrence of child maltreatment among the families served.