• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Emotional, Psychological Well-Being of Children in Foster Care

A new information packet from the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (NCCWE) at the Silverman School of Social Work explores facts and statistics about the mental health concerns of children in foster care. These children may be particularly vulnerable to mental health challenges due to possible exposure to abuse and neglect, as well as the process of out-of-home care. The author notes that almost 48 percent of children in foster care were found to have "clinically significant" emotional or behavioral problems in a 2004 National Institute of Mental Health survey, and that more than 50 percent of children formerly in foster care cope with mental disorders as adults. It is therefore vital that children in care receive timely assessments so that potentially needed treatment can begin as soon as possible, as well as reassessments following the adjustment to new placements or foster relationships. The packet also emphasizes the importance of appropriate education and training for foster parents.

The packet includes sections on policy and legislation that impact and address the mental health concerns of children in foster care and their access to mental health services, best practices and model programs, and websites and resources for more information.

Access Information Packet: Emotional and Psychological Well-Being of Children in Foster Care, by Shoshana Indyk, on the NCCWE website at http://www.nccwe.org/downloads/info-packs/ShoshanaIndyk.pdf (458 KB).

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