Resources for caregivers and professionals about the unique challenges and service needs of children and youth with disabilities who are involved with the child welfare system, and how to address them.
- Child maltreatment
- Service needs
- Permanency services
- Post Permanency services
- Services for Families and Caregivers of Children and Youth With Disabilities
- Services for parents with disabilities
- Child welfare personnel training
- Cultural issues
Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System
Weaver, Keller, & Loyek (2005)
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Explores the interdependence of disability and maltreatment, how physical abuse can result in a disability, why children with disabilities are at risk for abuse, and special aspects of foster care and adoption for children with disabilities.
Collection of Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Treatment Needs
Virginia Commission on Youth (3rd ed.) (2008)
Reviews key components of successful mental health treatments for children and adolescents, including a reference chart of evidence-based treatment options for specific disorders.
Interagency Collaboration: A Strategic Planning Tool for Child Welfare and Part C Agencies (PDF - 193 KB)
JFK Partners Early Identification Project (2001)
Explains the services offered by Part C and child welfare agencies and suggests a framework for collaboration among all community partners.
Referral for Disabilities: A New Responsibility for Child Protection (PDF - 128 KB)
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Practice Notes, 16, 2005
Outlines the developmental screening and referral system of child protective services in Minnesota, including answers to frequently asked questions from parents.
Report of the Summit: State-Community Response to Barriers for Children with Co-occurring Developmental Disabilities and Emotional/Substance Abuse Disorders
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability (2005)
The summit developed recommendations in five areas: making services more accessible and family-centered, increasing capacity in the field, facilitating interagency collaboration, providing more flexible financial services, and supporting technology and research.
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.