Resources for and about youth involved with the child welfare system and their mental health needs, including links to resources to learn about treatment options for mental health concerns.
Information Packet: Mental Health Care Issues for Children and Youth (PDF - 236 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Facts and statistics, a review of policies and legislation, best practice tips and identification of model programs, helpful web sites, and a bibliography for mental health providers, policy analysts, and families of children who use mental health services.
The 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
Search Institute (2007)
A list of positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people ages 12-18.
Building Hope for Adolescents: The Importance of a Secure Social Base (PDF - 975 KB)
Shorey & Snyder
Research, Policy, and Practice in Children's Mental Health, 19(1), 2005
Discusses building and maintaining hope and how it may be particularly important for young people with emotional and behavioral challenges, because hope is a key part of both resilience and recovery. Those working with adolescents can benefit from understanding the role of hope in a person's life and the ways to promote hopefulness during the crucial transition to adulthood.
Child and Adolescent Action Center
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Links to discussion groups for teens and caretakers of children and youth.
Discussion Groups for Teen Consumers
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Discussion groups provided by the Child and Adolescent Action Center.
Mental Health Needs of Youth in Foster Care: Challenges and Strategies (PDF - 348 KB)
Connection, 20(4), 2004
Examines how children in foster care struggle to cope with the traumatic events that brought them into care, including parental abuse or neglect, homelessness, exposure to domestic violence, and substance abuse.
Promoting Permanency: Successful Exits from Therapeutic Group Care Through Family and Community Reintegration
Casey Family Programs (2009)
Features a brief video designed to raise awareness about the importance of permanency for all youth who have spent time in foster care. The video shares the stories of three families who were reunited through the Child Protective Services Reintegration Pilot Project, which provides an extensive network of wraparound services and supports to caregivers of youth who are in foster care, have at least one DSM-IV diagnosis, and are reintegrating into their families and communities. A discussion guide for facilitators is also available. (PDF - 536 KB)
Taking Charge: An Introductory Guide to Choosing the Most Effective Services for the Mental, Behavioral, and Emotional Health of Youth Within a System of Care (PDF - 2390 KB)
Porter & Turner (2006)
Provides a blueprint to help youth and families move through the process of seeking help. Examples of emotional and behavioral disorders that are most commonly diagnosed in adolescents are included, as well as an overview of the various intervention options available.
Teen Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
A comprehensive website with teen mental health information sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.
The Well-Being of Older Youth in Out-of-Home Care Who are Headed to Independence (PDF - 887 KB)
Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2002)
Describes the well-being of a sample of foster youth who are likely to age out of out-of-home care. The youth were placed in kinship homes, non-kinship homes, group homes, residential care facilities, or found in independent living situations.
Youth and Families
Mental Health America
Fact sheets and information for families including a link to the mpower website- Mental Health America's website for teens and young adults.