Transition planning is critical for children and youth with emotional and behavioral conditions when they leave residential care. Families should be involved in the transition planning as should relevant service providers and community members. The following resources provide information to promote children and youth's successful transitions from residential care.
A Positive Transition Home After Residential Treatment for Teens
Newport Academy (2018)
Provides resources and approaches to help make the transition back to daily life, while applying lessons and strategies they learned in treatment, easier for teens and their families as well as to sustain their mental health in order to lead fulfilling, healthy lives.
Reunification From Out-of-Home Care: A Research Overview of Good Practice in Returning Children Home From Care (PDF - 256 KB)
University of Bristol
Emphasizes the importance of adequate preparation of children and parents before they return home in order to avoid an upsetting situation, as the return of children to their families is not only a major transition but a process that is at least as complex and stressful as that of separation.
Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual
Faith to Action Initiative (2016)
Provides information and tools for churches, faith-based organizations, donors, and others who are transitioning children’s care away from residential care to care within families.
Using Evidence to Accelerate the Safe and Effective Reduction of Congregate Care for Youth Involved With Child Welfare (PDF - 527 KB)
Chapin Hall & Chadwick Center (2016)
Highlights the steps necessary to reduce the use of congregate care as a needed placement, ensure youth are screened quickly and properly for mental health status, and broaden the scope of community-based treatment options for youth.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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