Transforming Children’s Care Webinar #12: Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative

This webinar was hosted by the Evidence for Impact Working Group of the Transforming Children’s Care Collaborative on March 30, 2023, and examined the Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact Project in Brazil.

The Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact Project's (EI-3) main goal is to document and compare the impacts that enhanced institutional care and enhanced foster care have on development during early childhood.

The EI-3 research project builds upon the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP). Conducted in Romania beginning in the year 2000, the BEIP is the only randomized controlled trial with children living in institutional care ever conducted. Located in São Paulo, Brazil, the EI-3 Project will work closely with the Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo and maintain periodic contact with the Childhood and Youth Courts teams.

The justice teams will refer children, up to 24 months of age, who have been removed from the care of their biological families and are under the care of the State. These children will be enrolled as participants in the study and randomly assigned to either the enhanced institutional care group or enhanced foster care group.

The Evidence for Impact Working Group brings together researchers, measurement experts and practitioners working on establishing data systems on children’s care to foster a strategic and well-coordinated approach to research and data in the sector, with a focus on generating and applying ‘evidence for impact’ on policy, systems and practice globally. 

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Speakers and Moderator:

  • Chuck Nelson
    Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology @Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

  • Charley Zeanah
    Mary Peters Sellars Polchow Chair in Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics @Tulane University School of Medicine

  • Nathan Fox
    Distinguished University Professor @University of Maryland Dept of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

  • Marian Bakermans-Kranenbrug (Moderator)
    Professor of Child and Family Studies @IPSA University Lisbon, Portugal

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