Since 1998, The Shaken Baby Alliance has provided valuable forensic investigative training programs for professionals including law enforcement, child protection, medical practitioners, and legal professionals related to child welfare issues. In 2012, based on the success of the forensic child abuse investigation program, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services asked The Shaken Baby Alliance to develop an Advanced Forensic Investigation Training program related to crimes against the elderly and persons with disabilities. Due to the success of the elder abuse forensic investigation program we were then asked to develop a training related to the Mental Health and Physical Conditions in the Elderly.
As mandatory training for law enforcement officers on topics related to officer/public safety, mass casualty incidents, human trafficking, and other homeland security issues have increased, many law enforcement and legal agencies have had to dedicate training funds normally used for specialized forensic training related to crimes against persons to these mandatory classes and now they do not have funding for specialized training such as child and elder abuse. Officers increasingly call The Shaken Baby Alliance to request scholarships in order to attend the training we offer. This increase in scholarship requests has dramatically impacted The Shaken Baby Alliance budget. SBA offers every forensic investigative professional who asks, a scholarship when requested, along with training materials free of charge.
In partnership with the State Bar of Texas Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, we developed a DVD and curriculum entitled, When Babies Cry, targeted to high school students and child care providers that is offered in the DFW Metroplex and to other agencies across the nation upon request. Research shows that the number one trigger for Shaken Baby Syndrome is a crying baby. We offer tools to cope with a crying baby and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).