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Starting young: improving the health and developmental outcomes of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system.

Abstract : The number of infants and toddlers entering out-of-home care has increased dramatically in the past few years, yet few published reports examine their needs. This article describes a collaborative, multidisciplinary developmental follow-up program for infants and toddlers that builds on the community-based family support model described in the Family to Family Foster Care Reform Initiative. The children's health and developmental status, as well as the program's effectiveness, are highlighted.