It is no secret that Scioto County has been dealing with a drug epidemic for some time now. Not only is it affecting the adults using the substances, but it is affecting their children. The children who are most vulnerable. The Program Zero to Three aims to help the children ages 0-3 because 85% of the brain growth happens in a child's first three years of life. During this time, the child needs someone they can bond with physically and emotionally. This program prioritizes services and assessments that support healthy development during this time of their lives.
Safe Baby Court is made up of a few different teams. We have a Learning Collaborative Team which is made up of individuals that are 'boots on the ground'. This group will get together monthly to help make decisions based on the needs of the families.
-The Leadership Team is made of of policy and decision makers. These individuals have the capability to change procedures when necessary and can make changes from the top.
-The Active Community Team is a cross-sector team of stakeholders who work collectively to:
- foster a learning environment that encourages an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of children and families, reducing the siloing of services
- identify and respond to:
- gaps in the availability, accessibility, and alignment of services for children and families involved with the dependency court and child welfare systems.
- needed systems reforms and supportive community services needed in preventing child maltreatment
- Advocate for, facilitates access to, and participants in multidisciplinary trainings to enhance capacity to better meet child and family needs, including training on trauma-informed care and reflective practice.
- Install new policies/procedures at the local level that reinforce and sustain best practices across systems.
Talking about the Active Community Team (ACT), this team will consist of a lot of individuals around our community. This team will not work directly with the families but we will discuss different resources for parents, or any food programs, employment opportunities, or rental assistance type of circumstances. Where we all get together so everyone involved knows what is out there in our community. Let me know if this is something you are interested in or if you know someone that would be beneficial please send me their contact information or provide them with my contact information. These individuals could be from:
- Dental office
- Law Enforcement
- Government leaders and agencies
- Foster parents
- Child and Family advocates
- Early Interventions specialists
- Early Head Start and childcare
- Mental Health providers
- Substance Abuse treatment providers
- Domestic Violence service providers
- Primary Health Care providers
- Housing Authority
- The Health Department/WIC/Family Planning
- Volunteer groups
- Re-entry programs
- Job training agencies
- and others.
Really anyone you think could provide resources to the population we will be working with.
We will not be taking families until March/April so we are currently working on gaining team members. The ACT will be an ever-growing list.
My work cell phone number is listed below, along with my work email. Right now my work email is acting up so I am using my personal one: [email protected]
Please let me know if I can provide more information.
Jordan Davis SBCT Community Coordinator, Scioto County Juvenile Court
Work email: [email protected]