Being infant and early childhood mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work with infants, toddlers, and families, regardless of our formal role or relationship to children and families.

As a child welfare professional, being “informed in infant and early childhood mental health” means understanding:

  • Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss and how to utilize your understanding to guide decisions about placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency.
  • Infant/very young child development & behavior to support birth, foster, and adoptive parents in figuring out what baby might need.
  • Disorders of infancy/early childhood and how those may emerge in a baby who has experienced abuse, neglect, and/or separations and making referrals for appropriate assessment and intervention.

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Information retrieved from Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) at