Nearly one in five children involved in the child welfare system spends time in a residential facility. Yet, research indicates that these residential settings do not prepare kids to develop needed family relationships to guide their social and emotional development. To support better outcomes for kids, experts propose limiting the use of residential placements to short-term therapeutic treatment that engages families and targets kids' specific needs. The following research-based recommendations resulted from an August 2012 conference of international child development experts convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Youth Law Center. (Author abstract)
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Evolving Perspectives: Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: A Summary.