Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth
Approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Children and youth who are adopted experience various levels of trauma and neglect, and adoptive families are three times more likely than birth families to seek out clinical services for behavioral health.
On Thursday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will explore strategies for supporting the unique behavioral health needs of adopted children and their families in the latest webisode of KSOC-TV—or Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV. KSOC-TV is a Web-based educational program featuring behavioral health experts and SAMHSA officials discussing news, trends, and topics of interest to behavioral health care specialists, child-serving agencies, families, and youth.
The February 12 webisode coincides with the release of a new report Domestic and International Adoption: Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Youth and Their Families, which summarizes the findings of an interagency meeting hosted by SAMHSA to discuss science, policy, and practice related to the behavioral health challenges of children who have been adopted.. The report will be released on February 10, and can be downloaded at SAMHSA.gov/children.
State and local community leaders, healthcare providers, child and youth-serving agencies, and caregivers are encouraged to watch the webisode and participate in the discussion.
KSOC-TV LIVE, Interactive Webisode on “Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth”
February 12, 2:00 pm EDT
Participate online as we webcast LIVE. Bookmark this link http://bit.ly/1CX9LCJ
During the KSOC TV webisode you will hear insights from:
- • Gary Blau, Ph.D., Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, SAMHSA (moderator)
- • Debbie Riley, LCMFT, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
- • Richard Barth, Dean of the School of Social Work and Professor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work
- • Lisa Prock, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital
- • Young adult who has been adopted and experienced behavioral health challenges
Mark your calendars, and join the LIVE Q&A with #KSOCTV. And be sure to share with your social networks and spread the word!
See past KSOC-TV webisodes:
“Trauma-Informed Approaches for Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health” (October 27, 2014) http://bit.ly/1pw5s7d
“Supporting Families with LGBTQ Youth” (August 11, 2014): http://bit.ly/1EleazV
“The REAL Real World: Helping Young People on Their Journey to Adulthood” (July 17, 2014): http://bit.ly/1ncYQNY
“Supporting Young Veterans and Young Parents” (June 3, 2014): http://bit.ly/RP7Ex0
This message is being sent on behalf of Lisa Rubenstein, Lisa.Rubenstein@samhsa.hhs.gov, Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.