Common Mental Health Issues for Children, Youth, and Families Involved in Child Welfare
Includes resources addressing the unique mental health needs of children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system. Contents include information on sibling issues and information for and about youth in care or youth aging out of care. Also included are resources on trauma for children who have been abused, neglected, or separated from their families; the secondary trauma experienced by workers in the child welfare system; and trauma related to major disasters. Additional resources focus on resiliency, needs of children and adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, and examples of how States and localities are addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families.
- Unique mental health needs of children, youth, and families in child welfare
- Resiliency in children and youth
- Co-occurring disorders
- State and local examples
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2,970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Mental Health Services to Families in their Homes to Protect Children and Prevent Removal (PDF - 87 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2009)
Presents best practice tips and identifies model programs regarding provision of mental health services to adults in order to preserve families that come in contact with the child welfare system.
Promising Practices for Addressing the Mental Health Issues Impacting Parents of Children in Foster Care
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Teleconference audio file of State program managers in foster care and adoption dealing with mental health issues affecting parents of children in foster care.
Child abuse and neglect: Impact - Long-Term consequences of abuse & neglect: Health and mental health
Out-of-Home care: Casework practice in out-of-home care - Casework practice with children and youth in out-of-home care: Mental health issues and services in out-of-home care
Out-of-Home care: Placement decisions - Placement stability: Correlates and consequences of multiple placements - Consequences of multiple placements
Adoption: Search & reunion - Lifelong impact of adoption