IB3 Program


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is conducting a five-year Title IV-E demonstration project through the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families. The project provides therapeutic and psycho-educational services to very young children, aged birth through three [0-3], and their caregivers in Cook County.  The IB3 Waiver began July 1, 2013. The project is being independently evaluated by the University of North Carolina and Chapin Hall.


Illinois is using title IV-E funds flexibly to provide one of two evidence-based and developmentally informed interventions [Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP)] to targeted children and their caregivers in an effort to improve attachment, reduce trauma symptoms, prevent foster care re-entry, improve child well-being, and increase permanency for children in out-of-home placement.

For each of the above-mentioned interventions, the selection of participating children and families is determined by an enhanced developmental screening protocol. The enhanced screening protocol is used to determine a child’s trauma exposure and level of risk for trauma symptoms (categorized as low, moderate, and high risk). Subsequent intervention recommendations generally involve high-risk cases being referred to CPP. Moderate-risk and low-risk cases are referred to NPP.

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