Promising Practices in Adoption-Competent Mental Health Services

A White Paper

By Casey Family Services

December 30, 2003


Through a literature review, examination of case studies, and feedback from child welfare professionals and adoptive parents, this white paper explores the need for more mental health services that address the unique needs of children in the child welfare system and their adoptive families. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Children And Families Need Support After, Not Just During, Adoption

Not all children require mental health services after they have been adopted, but many do. They particularly do if they were in the child welfare system. Even trained mental health professionals do not understand the unique needs and challenges children and families of adoption face. Developing partnerships that involve adoptive parents at all levels, increasing funding for promising programs and services, and advocating for legislative reforms can help ensure these children and families receive the support they need.

Findings & Stats

AECF adoptionsupportgroupkids

Children's Support Groups

A survey of adoptive parents in Illinois indicated that parents saw many positive changes in their child as a result of participating in a support group for adopted children.

AECF Systems of Care

Promising Model

The Systems of Care model, which recognizes a family's changing role over time, is showing promising results through federal grant-funded initiatives across the country.

Statements & Quotations