Designing a Washington State Safe Babies Implementation Plan

In 2018, children under the age of three made up 42% (1,829) of child abuse and neglect cases in Washington State. Early childhood experiences shape children’s brain development and have life-long impacts on their social, emotional and physical well-being. Timely and appropriate interventions help maltreated babies and families heal.

The Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT) approach is a community engagement and systems-change initiative focused on reducing trauma and improving how courts, child welfare and child-serving organizations work together to support young children in, or at-risk of entering, the child welfare system. Pierce County has led the way in Washington with the Best for Babies Program, and now we have the opportunity to bring the SBCT approach to communities across Washington State.

What we’re doing:

  • Analyzing statewide and local data on Washington’s children under the age of three. We will assess population demographics and outcomes of infants, toddlers, and their families involved in the child welfare system.
  • Engaging statewide, regional, and local stakeholders to strategize SBCT implementation in communities across the state. Together we will initiate work that will create a blueprint for state-wide SBCT implementation and sustainability; identify state, regional and local needs – including barriers, strengths, and existing resources; develop a strategy for the upcoming 2021 legislative session; and create a robust funding plan.
  • Delivering an implementation plan to national ZERO TO THREE. This plan will identify recommendations for high impact opportunities of potential investment of an SBCT expansion.

CCYJ Resources


ZERO TO THREE Resources


Design Team Meetings
Design Team Meeting I – April 29, 2020

Design Team Meeting II – May 18, 2020


Workgroup Meetings