Child well-being is an important focus for states because of its lifelong impact on children and their success as productive adults.
State policymakers now understand that children and youth in foster care face long-term risks from their exposure to violence, child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences and are anxious to identify and implement strategies that will minimize the long-term consequences for children and the costs to state budgets. Fortunately, there is also an increasing body of evidence-based programs that state child welfare systems can develop to significantly improve children's well-being.
This report focuses on the social and emotional well-being of children and youth in foster care. It will provide information on the social and emotional characteristics and needs of children in care, discuss the impact of child maltreatment and trauma on children’s development and examine state and local legislation, policies and practices to address the well-being of children in foster care.
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