Application of Evidence-Based Therapies to Children in Foster Care: A Survey of Program Developers.
Baker, Amy J. L. Brown, Elissa J. Schneiderman, Mel. Sharma-Patel, Komal. Berrill, Lauren M.
Vol. 26, No. 1 , p. 27-34
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
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This report discusses the findings of a study that surveyed the developers of empirically-supported mental health therapies for children to determine the extent to which they are applicable to the needs of youth in foster care system. Three possible categories of treatments were identified: treatments designed and developed specifically for children in foster care, treatments not developed or designed specifically for children in foster care but have been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that included foster care children in the sample, and treatments neither designed nor tested for children in foster care but developed to address at least one of the ten essential foster care treatment issues. For the study, an introductory letter was sent via e-mail to the 81 treatment developers and 75 completed surveys. Findings indicate only four treatments were reported to be specifically designed for foster care youth. Additionally, only two of those four were evaluated using a RCT design that included foster children in the sample. Furthermore, two treatments developed and tested for the foster care population focus on young children: the ABC program (birth–5 years of age) and MTFC/formerly EIFC, a group-based treatment (3–6-year-olds). No mental health treatment was designed and tested specifically for children in foster care over the age of 6. Moreover, both ABC and MTFC/formerly EIFC require the active participation of parents. Thus, of all the evidence-based treatments for providing mental health services to children currently in operation, only four were created with foster children in mind. 28 references.
foster children; mental health services; therapeutic intervention; assessment; evidence based practice; preschool children; studies