In a continuing effort to reduce the time children are in the foster care system in Nebraska, a multi-disciplinary group is working to share new ways to speed up the process.
A seminar for the Helping Babies from the Bench program was Friday in the Daugherty Center at Hastings College.
Started in 2008, the Helping Babies from the Bench program uses speakers from different areas of the juvenile justice system to remind local judges, attorneys, advocates, social workers and other professionals to make trauma-informed decisions and expedite permanent placement.
"We're teaching them this general information of how to do things better," said Amy Bunnell, co-coordinator of the Nebraska Early Development Network.
Bunnell said infants and toddlers have unique needs in the court system. They are the most vulnerable age group and have the highest rate of abuse and neglect.