Pierce County Early Childhood Court Program - Amara

Pierce County Early Childhood Court Program

We’re here for your baby. We’re here for you.

Amara partners with Pierce County Juvenile Court to support families who have infants, toddlers and/or preschool-age children in foster care by meeting more frequently to promote greater supports for families and children.

Why the Pierce County Early Childhood Program Works

“They have put my family back together.” Early Childhood Court, formerly known as Best for Babies, is an innovative, court-based program in Pierce County designed to ensure that infants and toddlers entering foster care receive support and services to promote secure attachment, safety, well-being, and an environment that supports early brain development with the goal to reunify families.

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What Parents Can Expect

By participating in this innovative court program, parents can expect:

  • To meet more frequently
  • Court hearings on a smaller docket with the same judge every 60 days
  • A collaborative team approach in family team meetings between court hearings
  • To discuss services needed for children to support attachment and healthy development
  • To be encouraged to share parenting with caregivers to support children
  • A community coordinator available as additional support


Who Is Involved?

  • Judge
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Social Worker – dedicated workers in each office
  • Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)/Child Advocate (CA)
  • Parent Attorneys
  • Caregivers (foster or relatives)
  • Community Coordinator (neutral party, there to support the team that supports the child and family)
  • Parent Ally (someone who has gone through the system before)
  • Providers/supports – Providers who are involved may be invited to meetings and parents are encouraged to bring anyone who is supporting them


Amara occasionally texts clients to best coordinate our services. By agreeing to receive services from Amara, you agree to receive individualized communications from us via text. Clients can always opt out of receiving texts by contacting us at amara@amarafamily.org.

How Can I Sign Up?

Talk with your attorney about joining. For more information about the program, contact:


Related Programs

Pierce County Juvenile Court Program

Additional information can be found on our partner website – Pierce County Juvenile Court. Learn more about the Pierce County program.

Zero to Three

This program is a national Zero to Three site that utilizes their Safe Babies Court Team™ approach. Learn more about Zero to Three.

Pierce County had the first baby court in the state

We are proud of our partnership with Pierce County Juvenile Court to provide the Best for Babies program. It’s exciting to see new solutions to child welfare expanding across our state!

“‘It will transform you into the person that you want to be,’ Maefau said. ‘Because I never thought I could be the best mom that I am today. I felt, maybe someone else could do a better job than I can. Maybe I can’t do enough…But it’s possible. It is.’”

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