This section includes resources and information about serving children with disabilities, including State and local examples.
CW360: A Comprehensive Look at a Prevalent Child Welfare Issue, Special Issue: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability (PDF - 1,751 KB)
LaLiberte & Crudo (2013)
University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Examines children with disabilities in the child welfare system, including intellectual and developmental disabilities; social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities; and physical, sensory, and communication disabilities.
Early Identification of Developmental Disabilities: Practical Tools for Professionals [Webinar]
Bertrand & Wolf (2013)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Describes programs and materials available from the CDC that can assist child welfare directors and providers with the identification of and referrals for children with developmental disabilities. This webinar focuses on children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or autism spectrum disorders and highlights the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program.
Improving the Transition to Adulthood for Youth With Disabilities in Foster Care
Juvenile Law Center
Describes the challenge of transitioning to adulthood for youth in foster care with disabilities and provides information and resources to assist with transition planning.
Mental Health Services Utilized by Families Adopting Special Needs Children (PDF - 736 KB)American Psychological Association, Children, Youth, and Families Office (2012)
Focuses on mental health services utilized by families who adopt children with special needs.
Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (PDF - 494 KB)
U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016)
Provides guidance to inform States, districts, and child welfare agencies on new provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act for supporting children and youth in foster care. It also highlights the importance of collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies for the well-being of youth in foster care.
Parent-Provider-Community Partnerships: Optimizing Outcomes for Children With Disabilities (PDF - 141 KB)
Murphy, Carbone, & American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Children With Disabilities (2011)
Discusses children with disabilities and how their medical, developmental, educational, and other needs that should be addressed through partnerships among parents, health-care providers, and communities.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Special Education Decision Making: Role of the Foster Parent (PDF - 55 KB)
Legal Center for Foster Care & Education (2013)
Provides information and resources to foster parents on decision-making for children with a disability in the foster care system.
Spotlight on SSI Benefits for Disabled or Blind Youth in Foster Care — 2017 Edition
Social Security Administration (2017)
Explains eligibility for Social Security Income for youth who are blind or with disabilities and who are aging out of foster care.
A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth With Disabilities (PDF - 1,147 KB)
ED, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (2017)
Provides information from ED on transition planning, transition services and requirements, and education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities.
Transition to Adulthood
Center for Parent Information and Resources (2010)
Provides information about youth with disabilities transitioning out of foster care, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's definition of transition services, what to include in an individualized education plan, and more.
What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 (PDF – 337 KB)
Social Security Administration (2016)
Describes key resources and information for youth with disabilities receiving SSI. "Helping Young People with Disabilities Successfully Transition to Adulthood," a Social Security Matters blog post, explains the expanded early application period for youth with disabilities leaving foster care, which may help facilitate a smoother transition to adult SSI benefits.
The Best Ways to Help Young Adults With Disabilities Transition Out of Foster Care
Integrity, Inc. (2015)
Discusses issues related to children in foster care with disabilities aging out of foster care and provides information on transition planning in Arkansas.
Bridges to Health
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Provides information about eligibility, services, service providers, program elements, and approved rates for specialized services to children with serious emotional disturbance, developmental disabilities, and medical fragility. Bridges to Health is a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver program for children in foster care.
Educational Experiences of Youth With Disabilities in Foster Care: Part Two in the Policy Brief Series on Disability (PDF - 448 KB)
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2012)
Analyzes and presents data on the experiences of older youth with disabilities who are in foster care in Minnesota. The report has a particular focus on these children's educational experiences.
Minnesota Secondary Transition Toolkit for Families: A Guide to Preparing Your Child With a Disability for Life Beyond High School (PDF - 11,069 KB)
PACER Center (2013)
Provides information to prepare older youth with a disability for transitioning to adulthood.
Out of Home Placement Services: Ready by 21 Policy Manual (PDF - 2,939 KB)
Maryland Department of Human Resources, Social Services Administration (2016)
Provides guidance on preparing youth in foster care, including those with disabilities, for transitioning from out-of-home placement to successful adulthood.