Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children and Young People: Supporting Children Who Are, or Have Been, in Foster Care.
Routledge Advances in Health and Social Policy.
Tarren-Sweeney, Michael. Vetere, Arlene.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
xiii, 226 p.
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More than half of children either in foster care, or adopted from care in the developed world, have a measurable need for mental health services, while up to one quarter present with complex and severe trauma- and attachment-related psychological disorders. This book outlines how services can effectively detect, prevent, and treat mental health difficulties in this vulnerable population. Responding to increasing evidence that standard child and adolescent mental health services are poorly matched to the mental health service needs of children and young people who have been in foster care, this book provides guidance on the design of specialized services. The first part provides an overview of these children's mental health needs, their use of mental health services and what is known about the effectiveness of mental health interventions provided to them. The second part presents some recent innovations in mental health service delivery, concentrating on advances in clinical and developmental assessment and treatment. The final part confronts the challenges for delivering effective mental health services in this area. (Author abstract)
Mental health services; Foster care; Adoption; Foster children; Adopted children; Foster adolescents; Service delivery; Promising practices