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ERIC Number: EJ783033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4021
Effectively Addressing Mental Health Issues in Permanency-Focused Child Welfare Practice
Ornelas, Laura A.; Silverstein, Deborah N.; Tan, Sherylle
Child Welfare, v86 n5 p93-112 Sep-Oct 2007
Children and families built by adoption or relative caregiving have specialized needs. This paper proposes a rubric for the central elements of permanency-focused mental health services in child welfare practice. Kinship Center provides an innovative mental health service delivery system, weaving foster and adoptive placement programs, adoption specialty Wraparound, and a relative caregiver support program into its permanency-focused children's clinics. Named a "promising practice" in child behavioral health services (McCarthy & McCullough, 2003), Kinship Center's mental health clinics are publicly funded and are a significant contribution to a managed care behavioral health approach in three diverse California counties. Six years of clinical outcomes data provide promising preliminary information for the field. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables and 3 footnotes.)
Child Welfare League of America. P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Tel: 800-407-6273; Tel: 770-280-4164; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California