Somewhere to Turn: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adoptive and Guardianship Families

The Adoption Competent Mental Health Guides were recently released in California to help build mental health capacity and competency for post-adoption youth. The guides were created as part of AB 1790, which addressed barriers to the availability of adoption/permanency mental health professionals and created recommendations to remove those barriers.

Why does it matter? Adoptive parents speak loud and strong: “working with clinicians who do not understand out special issues can do more harm than good. We have nowhere to turn.”  We owe it to those parents to build a cadre of mental health providers with the needed specialized training and experience.

Somewhere to Turn: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adoptive and Guardianship Families is published as four separate guides for various groups.

Population of focus: child welfare agencies, behavioral health agencies

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Date: 2018

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