Official Title: The Children's Stability & Well-Being Study: An Evaluation of a Therapeutic Parenting Intervention for Caregivers of Children in Foster Care
Research Lead: David M. Rubin, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Study Team: Susan Dougherty, Ph.D., Joanne Wood, M.D., M.S.H.P., Denise Actie, M.S.W., Sarah Zlotnik, M.S.W., M.S.P.H., Marsha Gerdes, Ph.D.
Supported by: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Dates: January 2009-December 2012
Many children in foster care have significant mental health issues. However, they often do not receive adequate behavioral health services. Moreover, the training foster parents receive often does not do enough to help caregivers feel prepared for managing children with significantly challenging behaviors or complex trauma histories. As a result, children in foster care may frequently change placement due to caregiver stress and placement disruption. The child welfare system needs to provide more promising evidence-based therapeutic interventions and training programs that can address the behavioral health needs of children in foster care and support foster parents and caseworkers.
Study type: Four-year pilot intervention study
Participants: Approximately 100 children ages 2-8 years in foster or kinship care placements within two foster care agencies in Philadelphia
The initial planning phase is complete, and the project intervention has been launched. Two lead clinicians have been hired via a mental health agency selected for collaboration on this project. These clinicians are collocated on-site at the two participating foster care agencies to provide easier access to care. To date, all staff within the foster care units at each of these foster care agencies have completed CARE trainings and caregiver trainings are currently underway.
To improve access to evidence-based mental health services for children in the child welfare system by: