Mental health of children in foster and kinship care in New South Wales, Australia

  title={Mental health of children in foster and kinship care in New South Wales, Australia},
  author={Michael Tarren‐Sweeney and Philip L Hazell},
  journal={Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health},
Objectives: To report baseline mental health measures from the Children in Care study, a prospective epidemiological study of children in court‐ordered foster and kinship care in New South Wales, Australia. 

Foster and kinship carer survey: Accessing health services for children in out‐of‐home care

To explore the experiences of Victorian foster and kinship carers in accessing health services for children in their care and to quantify the frequency of potential barriers to health care.

Mental Health of Children in Out-of-Home Care in NSW , Australia

  • Psychology
  • 2007
This Research to Practice Note is based on the findings of the Children in Care Study (CICS), (2005) led by Michael Tarren Sweeney, Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Psychology, University of

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Care for the mental health of foster children in the Asia-Pacific merits further study

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Kinship care in Australia

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It is suggested that the most important mental health screening issue with children in foster care is to identify what specific mental health problems need to be addressed so that themost effective treatment services can be provided.

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The results of this study show that children and adolescents in social service residential settings are a highly vulnerable group and that these children have extensive mental health needs.

Psychosocial Treatment of Children in Foster Care: A Review

It is suggested that self-regulation may be an important mediating factor in the appearance of emotional and behavioral disturbance in these children and persist into adulthood resulting in poor functional outcomes.

The predictors of unsuccessful transition to foster care.

There is an urgent need for a wider range of alternative care options for the adolescent population and unsatisfactory transition to foster care was found to be so prevalent among these children that conventional foster family care should be considered unsuitable for them.

Behavior Problems of Children in Kinship Care

The frequent behavior problems among these high-risk children in kinship care suggest they all deserve mental health evaluations; at a minimum, periodic screening is indicated.

The Mental Health of Young People in Australia: Key Findings from the Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being

Child and adolescent mental health problems are an important public health problem in Australia and the appropriate balance between funding provided for clinical interventions focusing on individual children and families and funding for interventions that focus on populations, requires careful study.