Supporting the Mental Health of Children in Care addresses numerous topics that are at the nexus of the child welfare system and mental health practice. The authors provide clear, poignant, and actionable perspectives that can assist professionals in gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying needs of children in care. This text addresses these needs through a culturally competent and trauma-informed lens that is cognizant of the integral and pertinent features of child development and how these are impacted by placement in foster care. Supporting the Mental Health of Children in Care is a great resource for anyone invested in providing care, support, or services to children involved with the child welfare system.
I was deeply touched by some of the case material, and found much of the content of the book extremely thought-provoking in relation to my own practice. In chapter 11, there is a courageous and important discussion relating to integrated practice that is relevant to anyone working with children in a therapeutic way and which I found refreshing and positive. The focus on thinking systematically is not only relevant for working with children in the care system but, I believe, in working with all children. I would even go so far as saying that it should be recommended reading for all child and adolescent counsellors.
We must not ever underestimate the achievements that children in care can make, and how many create fulfilling lives for themselves. Neither must we underestimate the role that foster carers can play in helping this to occur. This book gives us the opportunity to bring research findings into these debates and offers valuable insights into the important role of research-informed practice.