Resource Letter:

For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Welfare Cases

May 18, 2023

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, and notably, also Mental Health Awareness Month. To raise awareness this year, the federal Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau adopted a theme of Strengthening Minds. Uplifting Families. which focuses on taking “a holistic and culturally responsive approach to supporting the mental health needs of those involved with child welfare.” The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified mental and behavioral health as the largest unmet need for children and teens experiencing foster care. With over 38,000 Texas children and youth involved in the child welfare system, addressing the impact of trauma and promoting mental and behavioral well-being is paramount.

Judges and attorneys involved in child welfare cases are well suited to address the physical, mental, and behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families. Below are educational resources that judges and attorneys can reference to provide support for the health and well-being of those involved in the child welfare system.

Resources for Supporting Children and Youth in Care

Resources to Provide to Children in Care

Resources to Provide to Youth in Care

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