Child welfare professionals may refer children and families to a variety of community-based, mental health, or substance use treatment programs and services. More than one form of treatment may often be recommended for a child and family, especially when there is a history of individual and familial trauma. This section links to websites that can help families obtain local treatment services throughout the United States.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides a search function for persons seeking local treatment facilities in the United States for mental and behavioral health issues.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Offers factsheets to help families and professionals select a child or adolescent psychiatrist. The website includes a searchable database for locating psychiatric help.
Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families
Georgetown University, National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
Helps service providers and families find available national, State, and local resources that can address child and family needs in areas such as education, health, mental health, family support, parenting, child care, and finances.
Diversity and Culture in Child Mental Health Care
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology (2015)
Guides parents through identifying and evaluating the cultural competency of mental health care providers.
Find Health Care
Indian Health Service
Identifies local behavioral health and health services at Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Program facilities.
Mental Health America
Provides tips on where to find help, how to pay for care, recovery information, and types of treatment.
The National Parent Helpline: Strengthening Families All Across America (PDF - 318 KB)
National Parent Helpline (2011)
Highlights the National Parent Helpline, a website that includes comprehensive online parenting resources and a bulletin board for parents and caregivers to share their Helpline experiences, build community, and help others.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Links to common mental health issues and resources for addressing them.
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides an on-line source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
What Mental Health Services Are Provided by Your State?
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides State-specific information on behavioral health and mental health services available to families after adoption from Information Gateway's Adoption Assistance by State database.