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.
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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.