The Rhode Island Family Court has opened a "baby court" to help struggling first-time parents whose cases involve state intervention.
The Safe and Secure Baby Court opened on Monday.
It's intended to provide expedited services in cases involving first-time parents with babies up to 12 months old where the Department of Children, Youth and Families is involved.
Participation is voluntary.
Family Court Chief Judge Michael Forte says he sees many first-time parents who come from families with a long history of state involvement.
He says this specialty court is a chance to break the cycle by offering parental coaching and other services.
The court also offers the opportunity for a safe and speedy reunification in cases where the child has been placed in foster care.