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Helping Babies from the Bench

May 9, 2008 - October 2, 2009


Helping Babies from the Bench was a series of 10 all-day, multidisciplinary trainings that focused on infants and toddlers in the abuse/neglect court system and how courts and stakeholders can ensure the best possible outcomes for them. Topics included Part-C early intervention services, the impact of stress, neglect and trauma on child development, focusing the Pre-Hearing Conference and Protective Custody hearing on the infant or toddler, and infant/parent relationship therapy. Led by Judge Douglas Johnson of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County, the group of trainers included a child psychologist, an early development specialist, an education specialist, and infant-parent relationship therapist. Please view agendas below for more information. You may view video from the training in Sidney on May 9, 2008, by clicking on the 'Sidney' link below.

Helping Babies from the Bench was co-sponsored by the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative and the Early Development Network.

For more information, contact Kelli Hauptman, khauptman2@unlnotes.unl.edu or 402-472-3927, of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, or Amy Bunnell, amy.bunnell@nebraska.gov or 402-471-9329, of the Early Development Network.

Helping Babies from the Bench was held in the following communities:

- Sidney, May 9, 2008, agenda
- Ogallala, October 10, 2008, agenda
- Papillion, October 17, 2008, agenda
- Hastings, November 7, 2008, agenda
- Norfolk, November 21, 2008, agenda
- Lincoln, March 20, 2009, agenda, case progression data
- North Platte, May 1, 2009, agenda, case progression data
- Omaha, May 29, 2009, agenda
- Kearney, July 24, 2009, agenda
- Nebraska City, October 2, 2009, agenda, case progression data

Coming in 2010! Workshops for small teams on implementing improvements in infant/toddler court practice