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#20220525 WEBINAR: [For Professionals] Screening Children in Care for Mental Health Problems




(May 2022) This training will describe ADAPT, an online questionnaire which gathers biopsychosocial information about children (ages 4-17) in alternative care (i.e., foster or kinship care or adoptive placement). Learn more about this questionnaire which gathers information about the child’s trauma history, psychotropic medication use, medical issues, and risk for placement instability. It also includes common behaviors seen in foster children, for example, food hoarding, cruelty to animals, and parent-ified behavior. Children in foster care, kinship care, or who have been adopted from foster care have very high rates of physical maladies (type 2 diabetes, asthma, and obesity) and psychological problems. Fifty to eighty percent of these children have mental health struggles. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommends that these children receive assessments that are biopsychosocial in nature, because their backgrounds are complex and because many of them take psychotropic medications. Unfortunately, many children in care go without any mental health services for their challenges, which often remain unidentified and untreated. This may put the child’s well-being, development, and placement at risk. Screening children for mental health problems at time of placement is one way proposed to pick up on the child’s issues early-on; however, screening is often based upon tools developed for the general population of children. These tools are neither biopsychosocial in nature nor foster-care specific in content. Attendees will come away from this training with an awareness of a valuable tool available to support permanency and child well-being.

Dr. Rick Delaney is an internationally known clinical psychologist, speaker, author, and consultant to foster, kinship, and adoptive parents and programs.  Dr. Delaney has given several hundred presentations throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bermuda Islands.  He is currently the principal investigator of Foster Parent College (, an on-line resource for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents.

(2 hours)

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83 minutes

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