Meghan Hays Davis MAS, IMH-E®

The Unique Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care

A Breakout Session for the Reclaiming Hope Conference

“The baby is fine”, a common report of young children in foster care. Science and research tell us that young children have unique needs when faced with trauma and attachment disruptions caused by removal. Discussion on how we help babies heal.

Meghan Hays Davis MAS, IMH-E® is the Program and Training Director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child maltreatment before it happens, and helping those who have experienced childhood trauma build resilience to its effects.

Meghan obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University and her Masters of Advanced Study in Infant and Family Practice from Arizona State University. She is a licensed Social Worker and endorsed through the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona. Meghan has worked in child welfare and protection in CPS and Tribal social worker roles. Before coming to Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, she worked in community behavioral health as a Birth to Five therapist. Meghan has worked with the Birth to Five population in foster care, foster parents and biological parents, court teams and providers to bring developmentally appropriate, relationship based framework in everyday practice and discussion on what is best for babies. She regularly offers workshops throughout Arizona.

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