Why is helping families coordinate a developmental check-up important?
Child Welfare provides services to children who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption or other factors that place their safety and well-being at risk. These multiple stressors on health and well-being put many of these children at high risk for developmental delays.
Child Welfare agencies and their staff therefore can play an important role in promoting optimal health and development by ensuring that all children have a developmental checkup.
This website will provide you with useful forms to help coordinate a developmental checkup and coordinate other types of care to help support young children and their families.
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Why are Child Welfare agencies in a unique position to promote optimal development and developmental check-ups?
Child Welfare agencies and staff can have frequent contact with young children and families.
Child Welfare agencies and staff may have important information about a family’s well-being that can impact a child’s health and development.
Child Welfare agencies and staff may have behavioral or developmental concerns about a child.
Child Welfare agencies and staff may be the first resource a family turns to when they have a concern about their child’s health and development.
Child Welfare agencies should have the resources to respond to any of these scenarios and share relevant health and developmental information with parents and early childhood providers in the community, such as healthcare providers or Early Start programs (Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act provided by Regional centers and local education agencies).
How can Child Welfare agencies use the resources and tools on this website?
It is important for child welfare agencies to have some basic forms and resources to help coordinate any services or supports that are critical to a young child’s health and development. You can use the forms on this website to do the following:
To share learning, developmental, and behavioral concerns with other providers in the community.
To help families communicate their need for additional services (e.g. child care services or finding a doctor) with other providers in the community.
To ensure the parent and receiving-provider-agency are clear on the reason for a referral.
To help families understand and keep track of information regarding their child’s care.
To help you, the Child Welfare provider, understand the referral, follow-up, and overall plan of a child’s care.