Baby Court
  • Baby Court
  • What is Early Childhood Court
  • Why Florida Needs Early Childhood Court
  • What the Research Says
  • Early Childhood Core Components
  • Steps to Starting an Early Childhood Court
  • Resources and Tools
  • Florida's Early Childhood Court Overview

What is Early Childhood Court?

Early Childhood Court addresses child welfare cases involving children under the age of three. It is a problem-solving court - where legal, societal, and individual problems intersect. Problem-solving courts seek to address not only the legal issues but also the underlying non-legal issues that will benefit the parties and society as well. The goal of Florida's Early Childhood Court is to improve child safety and well-being, change the experience and outcomes of children in the child welfare system, heal trauma and repair the parent/child relationship, expedite permanency, and stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse/neglect/violence.

Click here to view Florida's Early Childhood Court manual