Child Welfare and IDEA Part C
The 2003 reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act included a requirement for States to refer victims of abuse and neglect up to age 3 for developmental assessments under Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Use the following resources to learn more about how the IDEA requirement is being implemented to better serve young children.
Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
U.S. Department of Education
Provides resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, including topic briefs, sample forms, training materials, and other guidance.
|Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare:
Part C—Early Intervention Services
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 18 pages|
|Provides an overview of the Part C referral provisions in the 2003 reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and describes the intersection of child welfare services and early intervention with young children. It highlights the benefits of Part C for child welfare, and outlines how child welfare professionals can support Part C efforts. It also describes implementation challenges and provides promising strategies for implementing Part C provisions, including examples from the field.|
Child Find is a component of IDEA that requires States to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who need early intervention or special education services. This website focuses on Part C of IDEA, the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, and includes examples of demonstration programs.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC supports implementation of the early childhood provisions of IDEA by strengthening service systems to ensure children with disabilities (birth through 5) and their families receive and benefit from high-quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
Part C Updates (PDF - 3200 KB)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (2005)
Information about Part C program administration, including funding and Federal and State contacts; sources of State Part C rules, regulations, and policies; State eligibility definitions; survey of Part C coordinators and assistive technology; Part C data; and the full text of Part C of IDEA.
Promoting the Social-emotional Wellbeing of Infants and Toddlers in Early Intervention Programs: Promising Strategies in Four Communities (PDF - 1822 KB)
Woods, Smith, & Cooper (2010)
Suggests ways to strengthen early intervention programs for infants and toddlers to reduce the long-term negative consequences of early developmental delays. The report addresses promising strategies in the areas of screening, eligibility, and support of at-risk children; staff development; interagency collaboration; and funding.
Promoting Social-Emotional Wellbeing in Early Intervention Services: A Fifty-State View (PDF - 1011 KB)
Cooper & Vick (2009)
Examines States' efforts to support screening, referral, and evaluation for children at risk of developmental delays and includes information on States with written agreements to guide coordination between Part C and child welfare services.
Referral for Disabilities: A New Responsibility for Child Protection (PDF - 127 KB)
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Practice Notes, 16, 2005
Outlines the Minnesota referral system, which includes referrals of maltreated children to the county Interagency Early Intervention Committee.
Referral of Children Under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and IDEA 2004
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Information and resources about the CAPTA provision regarding referral of child abuse and neglect victims to early intervention services.