Psychosocial Support

The best form of psychosocial support is a healthy family and supportive environment, preferably in the child's community of origin, or one that is culturally similar.  Psychosocial well-being is a product of multiple support, which is rooted in the ability to form healthy relationships and participate in community networks.  

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Better Care Network,

In this video, Sreyna and Chenda, two practitioners from Hagar Cambodia, discuss their learning regarding the impact of the care setting on child rehabilitation.

Yafit Sulimani‐Aidan, Eran Melkman, Johanna K.P. Greeson - Child & Family Social Work,

The goal of this study was to examine the contribution of natural mentoring to the improvement of life skills among youth in care in core areas of education, employment, and avoidance of risk behaviours while controlling for personal characteristics and placement history.

Erika Tullberg, Wendy Vaughon, Nawal Muradwij, Bonnie D. Kerker - Children and Youth Services Review,

Drawing from focus groups with Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) foster parents, this paper explores different aspects of their experiences, identifies multiple ways in which they need support, and provides recommendations for foster care agencies looking to retain skilled foster parents and increase the quality and stability of children's experience in TFC programs.

Nick Midgley, Sarah Jane Besser, Pasco Fearon, Solange Wyatt, Sarah Byford, David Wellsted - BMC Psychiatry,

This open access study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of mentalization-based therapy (MBT), delivered in a family-format, for children who are in foster care in the UK.

International Organization for Migration (IOM),

The present Manual aims to facilitate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) experts and managers in designing, implementing and evaluating community-based MHPSS (CB MHPSS) programmes, projects and activities for emergency-affected and displaced populations in humanitarian settings.

Ropizah Rohani, Zakiyah Jamaluddin, Abd Razak Abd Manaf - Journal of Business and Social Review in Emerging Economies,

The purpose of this paper is to propose a conceptual framework on the key determinant of psychosocial adjustments in terms of behavior, social, emotion and mental health among abused children in residential care.

Lorena Maneiro, José Antonio Gómez-Fraguela, Laura López-Romero, Olalla Cutrín, Jorge Sobral - Children and Youth Services Review,

The aim of the current study is to identify different subgroups of adolescents placed in Residential Care (RC) on the basis of different dynamic factors and analyze their relation with antisocial behavior and family violence.

Even M, Sutter-Dallay AL - Encephale,

In France more than 140 000 children live in foster homes under the responsibility of the French Child Protection Agency. These children have lived in environments that cannot be good for their development and have been separated from their families which have to have consequences on their mental development. A literature review in France and abroad was made to identify the profiles of these children, their risk factors, and the mental disorders they can present.

Ron Haskins, Kenneth A. Dodge, and Deborah Daro - The Future of Children,

In this brief, Ron Haskins, Kenneth A. Dodge, and Deborah Daro call for a system of psychosocial care for young families in the US, highlighting the the Family Connects program which aims to reach every family with a newborn child in a given community through a system that combines home visiting by trained nurses; community alignment through a directory of services to connect families to the resources they need; and data and monitoring through an electronic data system that acts as a family-specific psychosocial and educational record.

Princeton University and the Brookings Institution,

This volume explores universal social programs designed to serve entire communities as they move toward achieving population impact in reducing child maltreatment, strengthening parental capacity, and improving infant health and development.