عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:
Early childhood court in Florida: Qualitative results of a statewide evaluation
ترجمه فارسی عنوان مقاله:
دادگاه اوایل کودکی در فلوریدا: نتایج کیفی ارزیابی یک کشور
Sciencedirect - Elsevier - Child Abuse & Neglect, 104 (2020) 104476. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104476
Joanna Farrer Mackiea,*, Tara R. Fotia, Ngozichukwuka Agua, Lisa Langenderfer-Magruderb, Jennifer Marshalla
Background: Child maltreatment, removal from the home and foster care placement are all associated
with poor physical and developmental outcomes for children. Early Childhood Court
(ECC) is a specialized, trauma-informed, team-based approach designed to meet the unique needs
of young children and their families in the dependency court system.
Objective: The objective of the study was to evaluate the ECC program in 20 Florida circuits.
Participants and setting: Participants in the evaluation were 53 ECC professionals (e.g., judges,
attorneys, mental health providers, caseworkers, etc.) and 9 parents and caregivers. Focus groups
were conducted in person, and interviews were conducted either in person or on the phone.
Methods: Interviews and focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analyzed with a hybrid
deductive/inductive process using MAX QDA. Two coders (trained doctoral student researchers)
established inter-coder reliability with a Kappa greater than 0.80 and used an iterative process to
discuss, refine, and describe each theme throughout the analysis.
Results: Participants described who is involved in ECC and most discussions focused on professional
versus parent/caregiver team members. Participants also described how ECC is different
from traditional dependency court and several themes, such as Child and Family Friendly, Judicial
Leadership, and a Team-Based Approach, aligned with the national model. Emergent themes were
Relationships and Success.
Conclusions: Future research could explore the selection of parents into ECC.
Keywords: Child maltreatment | Criminal justice | Program evaluation