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Young children enter the child welfare system with a multitude of needs. Infants and toddlers in the child welfare system are in an especially critical phase of their brain development. These children may have been exposed to various forms of abuse, neglect, pre and post-natal drug and alcohol exposure, and chronic toxic stress.

Children in the child welfare system have their needs met by various systems of care, including medical, trauma/mental health, developmental, and educational.

Collaboration between systems of care is crucial to the well-being and continuity of care for children in the child welfare system.

This screening and assessment guide is intended to help the professionals working with young children in the child welfare system navigate these different systems and ensure appropriate collaboration to create continuity of care for maltreated young children.

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