Improving the Mental Health of Children in Child Welfare Through the Implementation of Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions

  • Sarah McCue Horwitz
  • Patricia Chamberlain
  • John Landsverk
  • Charlotte Mullican
Original Paper


Any comprehensive approach to children’s mental health should consider services systems such as Child Welfare that provide services to children with high rates of emotional and behavioral disorders. This paper will review what is known about efficacious parent-focused interventions that can improve the lives of children in Child Welfare and explore possible reasons why such interventions are rarely used by Child Welfare agencies. Data from a pilot study suggest key features for increasing the implementation of efficacious practices to improve children’s mental health.


Child welfare Implementation Effective interventions 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah McCue Horwitz
    • 1
  • Patricia Chamberlain
    • 2
  • John Landsverk
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Charlotte Mullican
    • 6
  1. 1.The Department of Pediatrics and the Centers for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and Health PolicyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.The Center for Research to Practice & Oregon Social Learning CenterEugeneUSA
  3. 3.Child and Adolescent Services Research CenterRady Children’s HospitalSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  6. 6.Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityDepartment of Health and Human ServicesRockvilleUSA

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