Caring for a Child Who Takes Psychotropic Medication

Children in foster care—especially those who have experienced trauma—often require mental health treatment. For many, that treatment involves prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Psychotropic (pronounced “sike-oh-trope-ick”) medications affect a person’s mind, emotions, moods, and behaviors. Examples include psychostimulants such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, antipsychotics such as Seroquel®, and antidepressants such as Paxil® and Zoloft®. Psychotropic Medications and Children in Child Welfare

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When a Parent is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers and Foster Parents
by Melissa Radcliff

“I guess some caseworkers assume your mom is a bad person when they hear she’s incarcerated. But they should keep an open mind and remember that every child has only one mother, one father. The ones we’re given are special to us, even if we can’t live with them, even if they’re not perfect.” –Youth speaker with Foster Change for

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Caring for Children with Nonsuicidal, Self-Injurious Behavior
by Jeanne Preisler

Someone close to me used to intentionally cut himself when he was younger. He wasn’t trying to kill himself. He wasn’t trying to harm himself at all. On the contrary, he cut himself because it helped him cope in really difficult situations. This is often referred to with terms such as “nonsuicidal self-injury” or “self-harm” or “self-mutilation.” Youth who use

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