When the bough breaks the cradle will fall: Promoting the health and wellbeing of infants and toddlers in juvenile court*

Cindy S. Lederman, Joy D. Osofsky, Lynne Katz

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Abstract

Approximately one-third of the children in the child welfare system are under the age of 6. These children are almost invisible in our juvenile courts. Living in emotional and environmental impoverishment and deprivation provides a poor foundation for healthy development. These very young and vulnerable children are exhibiting disproportionate developmental and cognitive delays, medical problems, and emotional disorders. However, there is growing evidence that early planned interventions can help. The juvenile court must take a leadership role in focusing on the very young child and learning more about risk, prevention, and early intervention in order to facilitate the healing process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Psychologist
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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