Report

As child development experts state emphatically, kids in child welfare placements need more than food, clothing and safe shelter. They need the sense of belonging that comes from relationship-rich family settings. In 2012, the Casey Foundation and the Youth Law Center brought child development experts together to discuss best practices for reducing out-of-home treatment and acknowledging the developmental needs of children in child welfare placements. Conference research and recommendations are presented in this report.

March 9, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What conference participants discussed regarding the developmental needs of children in the child welfare system.

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    How to incorporate child development research into child welfare placement policies and practices.

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    Why it can be difficult to establish developmentally responsive child welfare placement practices.

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    What conference participants recommended for developmentally sound foster care practice, placement and interventions.

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    Which experts attended the conference and a summation of their presented research.

Key Takeaway

kids in child welfare placements need more than food, clothing and safe shelter

Children who lack permanent family relationships and the social, emotional and developmental protections they provide often face lifelong educational, occupational and interpersonal challenges, which include struggles to parent their own children.

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