National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Tips for Working with Children and Teens in Foster Care

Authors: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
Year Published: Not Dated
Type: 
Guide/Toolkit
Organization: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
Series: 
Healthy Foster Care America, 2 pages.
Source: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
Abstract: 

Children and teens in foster care are likely to have common developmental and behavioral concerns, such as enuresis, encopresis, sleep problems, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. Due to the severe nature of these developmental delays and mental health disorders, however, many youth will require special services. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that child welfare workers consider these concerns around the time of visitation and court dates, as these events frequently create significant stress, and additional support may be needed for the child and the foster or birth parents. The Academy also recommends that child welfare workers consider referrals to early child development interventions as well as to mental health professionals with expertise in childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, and separation issues. This bulletin outlines the Academy's recommendations and offers tips for follow-up.

Availability: 
Correspondence to: Mary Crane, LSW, PhD, Healthy Foster Care America, c/o American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 NW Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; Telephone: (800) 433-9016, ext. 4273, E-mail: fostercare@aap.org, Website: http://www.aap.org/fostercare, or http://www2.aap.org/fostercare/PDFs/HFCA_Children_Teen_Tips.pdf
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