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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4Web Resources for Systems of Care

Many children in the child welfare system, and those at risk of abuse and neglect, have a variety of physical, mental, social, emotional, educational, and developmental needs. "Systems of care" is an approach that builds partnerships to create a broad, integrated process for meeting these multiple needs. This approach utilizes interagency collaboration, individualized and strengths-based care, cultural competence, community-based services, and full participation of families.

Two organizations have collected resources to assist practitioners who want to learn more about systems of care. The web section developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway focuses on using the systems of care approach in the delivery of child welfare services and includes publications and resources, support for Children’s Bureau grantees, and a toolkit that provides examples of critical components for building systems of care.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a website that focuses on a systems of care approach to the delivery of mental health services. Resources include publications, technical assistance, a resource directory, and links to partner organizations.

[Editor's note: This link is no longer available.]