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

Abstract

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.

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This work was supported by funding from the NIMH (P30-MH74678-01A2; PI: Landsverk). The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Horwitz, S.M., Chamberlain, P., Landsverk, J. et al. Improving the Mental Health of Children in Child Welfare Through the Implementation of Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions. Adm Policy Ment Health 37, 27–39 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-010-0274-3

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