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. The 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, health care providers, child and youth-serving agencies, and caregivers are encouraged to watch the webisode and participate in the discussion.
- What: KSOC-TV LIVE, Interactive Webisode on “Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth”
- When: February 12, 2:00 pm EDT
- Where: Participate online during the live webcast - Bookmark this link http://bit.ly/1CX9LCJ
- Who: Panelists include: 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; Young adult who has been adopted and experienced behavioral health challenges