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Broward’s Infrastructure Design to Guide and Sustain Permanency for Young Foster Children (BRIDGES). Nonprofit agency founded in 1971 Supporting low-income and at-risk children and their families in South Florida

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Broward s infrastructure design to guide and sustain permanency for young foster children

Broward’s Infrastructure Design

to Guide and Sustain Permanency

for Young Foster Children

(BRIDGES)


Grantee

  • Nonprofit agency founded in 1971

  • Supporting low-income and at-risk children and their families in South Florida

  • Services include childcare resource and referral, subsidized child care, training and technical assistance and family support programs including BRIDGES

Lead Agency

Grantee


Broward s infrastructure design to guide and sustain permanency for young foster children

  • To create early learning environments that meet the needs of young children in foster care and to promote and sustain permanency of their placement.

GOAL


Broward s infrastructure design to guide and sustain permanency for young foster children

  • Target Population: Foster children (birth to five) enrolled in child care programs in Broward County, Florida.


Partner agencies governance

Partner Agencies/Governance


Creating a bridge

Early Learning & Education

Child

Welfare

Creating a BRIDGE


Why is this needed

Why is this needed


Effect of abuse neglect on developing brains

The prolonged, severe, unpredictable stress caused by abuse and neglect can alter brain development.

Toxic stress in young children causes negative impacts on the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth.

Effect of abuse/neglect on developing brains

The first five years are crucial to a child’s brain development and lay the foundation for all future learning


Foster children come with challenging behaviors

  • Difficultly transitioning to new home and child care center due to trauma of removal from parents and change in placement

  • Challenging or withdrawn behavior due to stress of suffering experienced by abuse and/or neglect

Foster children come with challenging behaviors


Common child care issues for foster children

  • Child care providers lack of knowledge and experience in handling challenging behaviors of foster children

  • Trend in children being expelled from child care centers due to behaviors

Common child care issues for foster children

  • Foster children often move from center to center further exacerbating their instability and stress


Broward s infrastructure design to guide and sustain permanency for young foster children

BRIDGES

aims to create an early learning environment that is stable and high quality for young foster children to heal their trauma and provide a place of protection


Broward s infrastructure design to guide and sustain permanency for young foster children

How?


Bridges structure

BRIDGES Structure


Training of child welfare and child care professionals

Training of Child Welfare and Child Care Professionals


Early screening and identification

Early Screening and Identification


Quality child care settings

Quality Child Care Settings


Positive behavioral support program

Positive Behavioral Support Program

PBS is funded

by


Sustainability plans

  • At end of project, BRIDGE’s steering committee, will fold into Foster Care Steering Committee, a well-established committee that includes all key stakeholders in foster care system.

  • Certification of child care programs responsive to foster children will be linked to community’s Child Care Quality Rating System.

  • Strategic plan will be developed to identify ways that programs like PBS that address social/emotional development can be expanded to other child care sites.

Sustainability Plans


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