Many children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system also receive services through their State's mental health services system. The following resources include training curricula and materials to help mental health professionals better understand the child welfare system and the overlapping issues affecting each system, including State and local examples.
Families in the World of Evaluation: The Evaluation of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Course I, "How to Understand Evaluation" (PDF - 293 KB)
Schutte, Jivanjee, Robinson, & Koroloff (2003)
Presents participants' perspectives of the training and reviews relevant literature on the evolution of family participation in education and children's mental health services and shifts in research and evaluation practice.
Mental Health Assessments for Infants and Toddlers (PDF - 86 KB)
Hill & Solchany (2005)
ABA Child Law Practice, 24(9)
Discusses the goals of infant mental health assessments, kinds of cases in which such assessments are useful, and who should conduct the assessments.
Postadoption Training for Community Service Providers: An Adoption Training Curriculum
Adoption Exchange (2003)
Reviews considerations for providing postadoption support to adoptive families, addressing issues such as child development and individual and family characteristics that influence adoptive parenting.
University of Michigan School of Social Work
Links to a tutorial on crisis theory providing information on identifying different types of stressors and stressful conditions.
Childhood Mental Health Issues
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2008)
Introduces child welfare professionals to childhood mental health issues and their connection to child welfare and the permanency process.
Putting the Child in Focus: Developing and Implementing a Curriculum Combining Child Welfare and Children's Mental Health
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Describes the activities and outcomes of a 3-year federally funded project to develop and implement a curriculum that combines child welfare and children's mental health issues.
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