Early Detection/Intervention Issues for Children in Foster Care or Adopted
Children in foster care and those adopted after infancy have inordinate risks for developmental-behavioral problems (by which we also mean social-emotional and mental health difficulties). Chapter 11 provides compelling narratives by a pediatrician who directs a foster care/adoption clinic, and by two former foster children who, as adults, became foster-care professionals. Below we provide helpful resources for providers and parents.
Information Resources in Foster Care and Adoption
A coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. The site provides standards of care, leadership training, covers research on child welfare, a national data analysis system, publishes the Child Welfare Journal, e-newsletters, etc.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site offers AAP policy statements, helpful videos including “10 Things Pediatricians Should Know About Children in Foster Care”, guidance on care coordination, transitions, research, policy statement for parents, judges, advocates, etc.
Includes information about court teams, child maltreatment, impact of trauma, etc. The site has numerous webcasts, and broad information about the foundations of health development and mental health.
Houses practice and training guidelines for medical/nursing students, residents, and primary care providers. Includes downloadable Facts for Families (in multiple languages) and a child and adolescent psychiatrist finder.
has information about adoption, both domestic and international, helping children understand adoption according to age, adoption discussion forums, etc.
Advocates for quality foster care services and provides books and information for professionals and families.