Foster Care and Child Well-Being: A Promise Whose Time Has Come

  • Heather N. TaussigEmail author
  • Tali Raviv
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 2)


Children in foster care, and those who have emancipated from care, experience high rates of cognitive, academic, physical, social, emotional and behavior problems and are more likely to experience negative outcomes. The federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families recently called for increased attention to child well-being outcomes, expanding the focus beyond the traditional child welfare outcomes of safety and permanency. Adopting a child well-being framework, this chapter aims to briefly review the history of foster care in the US, review the efficacy of programs designed to promote well-being for youth in foster care, discuss the challenges of adapting existing evidence-based programs for this population, and finally review some adaptations of evidence-based programming for youth in foster care. We conclude that although there have been some programs that have demonstrated efficacy in improving social, emotional, and behavioral well-being in maltreated children and adolescents in foster care, there are not nearly enough evidence-based interventions to meet the significant needs of these youth and their families.


Child Welfare Foster Care Foster Parent Child Welfare System Foster Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and NeglectUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine, The Gary Pavilion at Children’s Hospital ColoradoAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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