According to a 2009 report by the US Government Accountability Office, "Children in foster care tend to exhibit more numerous and serious medical conditions than other children, including mental health problems."
National CASA offers the following resources and information to help child advocates understand issues related to the mental and physical health of children in foster care.
National CASA Publications
Publications - Other Organizations
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP works to assist parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP offers materials for professionals working in the field of child abuse.
- Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children
This site is an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to creating public awareness and education regarding attachement.
- Attachment Disorder.net
Written by and adoptive parent of a child diagnosed with attachement disorder, this site provides information, resources, and support for parents and others trying to help children with attachment problems.
- Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- The Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center
This center offers help for children facing the pain of death, divorsce, separation or abandonment and provides resources for child welfare professionals.
- Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
Their mission is to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.
- The ChildTrauma Academy
This website offers self-directed courses on topics such as human brain development and the impact of trauma.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD works to improve the lives of people with ADD/HD through education, advocacy and support.
- Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The federation works in areas including public policy; research and evaluation; technical assistance and training.
- Fetal Alcohol Services of Alaska
This site provides information on fetal alchohol syndrome and information on prevention methods and teaching students with these problems.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Distorders (FASD) Support Site
This site offers content and information geared toward parents, social workers and others involved in a child's life.
- Internet Mental Health
This site contains links for common disorders, organizations, search engines and medical sites.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
This organization provides resources to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and the lives of their families.
- National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
NOFAS is dedicated to eliminating birthd defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
- Trauma Information Pages
This site focuses primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress. It includes information on trauma resources, a bookstore, articles and links.