This research brief published by James Bell Associates on behalf of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, describes the need for a collaborative effort of education, mental and medical health, and social services for young children included in the child welfare service (CWS) system. It highlights the importance of interagency collaborations that are necessary to increase the developmental, behavioral and safety outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. While such collaborations may be an enormous undertaking, a review of the research over the past several decades shows that CWS providers working together with other health care and social service professionals to provide holistic care can enhance the well-being of children involved in the CWS system.
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Early Childhood/Child Welfare Service Partnerships: The Challenges and the Potential. Research Brief.