The survey identified the experiences of a subset of children and families who had contact with the Child Welfare Services (CWS).
Half of the children and families had received services since the baseline interview. Caseworkers reported that three quarters of caregivers had at least one service need. More than half of all caregivers were described as needing mental health services. Caseworkers reported that more than 80 percent of children had at least one service need. The most frequently needed services were routine health exams and immunizations (69 percent), dental exams (58 percent), and services for emotional/behavioral health (43 percent). In cases where standardized assessments indicated children had needs, caseworkers affirmed behavioral/emotional needs in 65 percent of cases, developmental needs in 54 percent of cases, and substance use needs in 30 percent of cases.
Report Title: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) –Wave 2 Report: Children and Families Receiving Child Welfare Services Post-Baseline http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/nscaw-ii-wave-2-report-children-and-families-who-receive-child-welfare
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Mary Webb, 202-205-8628
Record ID: 9985 (March 20, 2013)