The first goal of Safe Baby Court is always reunification with birth parents. That being said, much of the work of Safe Baby Court staff is to respond to the needs of the birth parents in every regard. Throughout the case, the needs of the parents are assessed and reassessed to ensure there are not gaps that could impact placement stability in the future. Safe Baby Court initiatives are trauma informed and should promote a positive impact on protective factors in families to increase long term success and stability apart from the child welfare system. Parents are offered a plethora of support and services with a focus on authentic and honest relationships between parents and team members. This aims to promote a safe place to share struggles so the team can appropriately respond and support parents in achieving long term recovery
Foster parents and relative caregivers also play a pivotal role in determining how young children in the child welfare system feel safe and nurtured. Their role is invaluable to the children in our program as they provide care and advocacy for children placed in their home. Foster parents and caregivers in Safe Baby Court should be offered support to help maintain placements and to help children in their homes flourish and thrive mentally, emotionally and developmentally. Further, Safe Baby Court strives to help foster parents and caregivers nurture healthy relationships among children placed in their home and their biological parents, siblings and extended family. Safe Baby Court seeks foster parents and caregivers who are committed to reunification where it is in the best interest of the child and we hope to support ongoing relationships between biological parents and foster parents post-reunification where possible. Both foster parents and biological parents play valuable, albeit different, roles in each child’s life and that value should be emphasized and promoted by the Safe Baby Court Team.