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A Presentation to the Child Welfare Council Rochelle Trochtenberg Youth Organizer, Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration Child Welfare Council Member Cheryl Treadwell California Dept of Social Services Penny Knapp, MD Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
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Child Welfare Council
Youth Organizer, Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration
Child Welfare Council Member
California Dept of Social Services
Penny Knapp, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
September 4, 2013
Identify the Developmental Concerns for Young Children in Foster Care as discussed in the report.
Share information from the report about California’s youngest foster care population and highlight the opportunities for the Council.
Share the recommendations from the committee.
Infants and toddlers placed in foster care have:
*Janice L. Cooper, Patti Banghart, Yumiko Aratani. “Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System: What Every Policymaker Should Know.” National Center for Children in Poverty. September 2010.
Thus, blighted attachment begets fractured attachment.
If infant mental health is jeopardized or interfered with, as by early childhood neglect, abuse, malnutrition or trauma, clinical research has shown these consequences:
Thompson, R. A., & Nelson, C. A. (2001). Developmental science and the media: Early brain development. American Psychologist,56(1), 5-15.
Child is overwhelmed and may:
DC 0-3 diagnostic criteria
To the earliest interactive experiences, the brain responds by organizing it’s own and developing self regulation of Attention, Cognition, Mood, Anxiety and Impulse.Failed self regulation can lead to clinical syndromes:
Dollars saved exceed dollars spent
DID YOU KNOW
In California as of July* 2012 the total number of children between the ages of zero to five totaled
Infants and toddlers are the largest single group of children entering foster care.
“The need to know more about children outside of specific depts. becomes significant as the CWS becomes more outcomes-focused”… i.e improve the ability to share meaningful data
Program Instructions from various Federal Partners
( i.e ACF, CMS, SAMSHA regarding foster children specific focus on trauma and well-being)
American Academy of Pediatricians recommendations to primary care physicians to use validated screening tools.
Katie A. Implementation promotes screening, assessment, treatment and improved coordination between mh and cws systems using child and family teams
Affordable Health Act… primary prevention, home visitation programs. etc
Raise the level of awareness regarding the needs of children ages zero to five in foster care and that all state and local agencies develop specialized supports and services for this vulnerable population