HHS Releases Memorandum, Guidance on Improving Outcomes for Children Receiving Child Welfare Services
May 02, 2012
Maltreatment, neglect, and trauma have profound effects on the well-being and functioning of children and youth. The many children and youth involved in the child welfare system have experienced these adverse events and often therefore experience the negative effects of these experiences. Based on a wealth of research regarding holistic child well-being, the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services recently released an information memorandum for state, tribal, and territorial agencies administering child welfare services on improving systems to address these issues. The complex set of challenges faced by children involved in child welfare must be met with a system that addresses both the issue of permanency in a home and the effects of maltreatment in the behavioral, emotional, and social functioning of a child.
This information memorandum includes research on the diverse effects of trauma, examples of emerging interventions to address trauma, ways to transition a state's current child welfare system to address well-being, and federal policies and resources available to improve services and outcomes for children.