The Development of Mental Health Consultation to a Foster Care Placement Agency

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  • Geraldine Sanner Pearson

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    1. Yale University School of Nursing
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Address correspondence to: Geraldine Sanner Pearson, RN, MSN, Yale University School of Nursing, PO Box 3333, New Haven, CT 06510.

Abstract

This paper describes the demographic data of latency-aged foster children and the reasons for their placement away from birth parents. It also discusses the particular behavior and psychiatric problems that might precipitate referral to a mental health clinic. It then details a program developed to assess and treat those children having minimal involvement of foster or birth parents in their therapy. A consultation/collaboration model theorized by Caplan is applied to the program that developed. A case example is given and the roles of caseworker and mental health clinician are examined.

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