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Putting Science to Work for Infants and Young Children in Court: The BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team Conference

Vancouver, British Columbia
May 15-16, 2017

Judges and lawyers routinely face making life-altering, best interest decisions about infants and young children who have experienced significant adverse experiences , including traumatic events, and are at risk for devastating long-term outcomes. However, the early years also represent an unmatched opportunity to put science to work to effectively intervene and influence the developmental trajectories of vulnerable infants, young children, and their families.
 
To this end, this conference is a unique opportunity to learn from and engage with internationally-recognized experts (including judges, lawyers, and infant mental health clinicians) from evidence-based court teams developed in the USA. Working together we will build on and adapt these model programs for implementation in the Canadian context and, in British Columbia, to create the BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Teams (IEECTs).
 
The goal of the court teams is to “improve child safety and well being, heal trauma and repair the parent/child relationship, expedite permanency, prevent recurrence of maltreatment, and stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse/neglect/violence.” (Florida’s Early Childhood Court, 2015)

For more information and to register, please visit http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/initiatives/courtinitiative/.