Children entering the child welfare system are more vulnerable due to the exposure to one, often multiple, adverse events prior to their placement in foster care. These adverse events can lead to decreased activity in areas of the brain affecting learning, memory, stress regulation and can result in life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Generic counseling is not consistently effective in reducing mental health symptoms for children in foster care, several evidence-based practices have been successful when delivered with fidelity to the model.
The Clinical Services Integration (CSI) project has been focused on infusing evidence-based practices such as:
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)
- Mobility Mentoring into child welfare systems.
Issue Brief – Integrating PCIT into Child Welfare Services
Issue Brief – Assessing Well-Being in Child Welfare