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February 2004Vol. 5, No. 1Mental Health in Child Welfare

The Summer 2003 issue of Best Practice/Next Practice addresses a number of issues surrounding mental health and mental health care in child welfare, including:

  • A review of the mental health problems that can affect children and adolescents.
  • The role of foster families as partners in mental health treatment.
  • The optimal array of mental health services needed to support children in the child welfare system and the challenges to providing such services.
  • Ways in which children of mentally ill parents can be supported.
  • Information on the discrepancy in mental health referral patterns for children of different races.