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To meaningfully address the mental health needs of children, youth, and young adults in foster care requires a holistic approach that focuses broadly on their well-being within the contexts of home, family, school, work, and community.
Investing in culturally appropriate mental health supports that recognize an individual’s identity, culture, and lived experience may significantly improve the effectiveness of services and supports and improve long-term outcomes for children and youth.
Relational permanency is fundamental to the well-being of children and youth in foster care. Having stable, nurturing placements has positive impacts on children and youth’s resilience and long-term well-being.
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Provides child welfare and related professionals with tools to use when responding to the mental health and wellness needs of youth and young adults in foster care.
Discusses efforts to reduce disparities in mental health and substance use disorders across various populations, data to articulate and respond to health disparities, and resources to learn how programs are advancing behavioral health.
Find key resources about early childhood mental health and gain a better understanding of how to help children develop the capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, and become emotionally prepared for starting school.
Read about the President’s commitment to promoting safe, permanent homes for children and providing resources that enhance their well-being.
June is National Reunification Month! Honor people and efforts from around the country that make it possible for families to stay together.
The Children’s Bureau is focused on putting families first, strengthening them where needed, and helping keep them safe and together!
ACF is committed to advancing the integration of behavioral health support and services into existing social services and early childhood programs.