Mental health assessment of infants in foster care.

  • Silver J
  • Dicker S
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Abstract

Infants placed in foster care are at high risk for emotional and behavioral problems. Assessment of their mental health must account for their often-adverse life experiences prior to placement and the involvement of multiple systems that shape their lives in lieu of parents' authority. This article presents practice guidelines for infant mental health evaluations with consideration of legal requirements and the unique issues conferred by foster care.

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Authors

  • Judith Silver

  • Sheryl Dicker

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