Helping Children in Foster Care and Other Residential Placements Succeed in School

Dorian E. Traube, Mary M. McKay

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Schools offer a unique opportunity to provide mental health care for children in the child-protective system. Among the advantages schools provide is the opportunity to intervene with a child and foster family or group home coordinator in a community setting, to enhance children's academic progress and affect children's peer relations, to increase access to underserved children via their availability in schools, and to lessen the stigma of mental health services. This chapter begins with a discussion of the consultation model, the predominant model for school-based mental health services. It then describes the Parents and Peers as Leaders in School (PALS) approach, which offers an innovative, ecological model guiding school-based mental health care, and is a potential resource for youth in out-of-home placements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe School Practitioner's Concise Companion to Preventing Dropout and Attendance Problems
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893386
ISBN (Print)9780195370577
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • Consultation model
  • Foster children
  • Mental health services
  • Out-of-home placements
  • Pals


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