Developmental services for young children in foster care: Assessment and service delivery

Aubyn Stahmer, Laurel K. Leslie, John A. Landsverk, Jinjin Zhang, Jennifer A. Rolls

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High rates of developmental delay in children in foster care make it important for the foster care system to provide early identification of developmental issues and facilitate intervention. This investigation examined the degree to which child welfare agencies encourage policies to assess children for developmental delay and link children to intervention agencies. Results indicate that half of counties studied have comprehensive developmental screening policies and two-thirds refer children for intervention. Counties with comprehensive policies were more likely to evaluate children, utilize specialists for periodic screening, refer to early intervention agencies and engage in joint service planning. doi:10.1300/J079v33n02_03Copyright (c) by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.Journal of Social Service Research 3322007022027380148-8376PDFEnglisharticle

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 20 2007


  • Child abuse
  • Developmental screening
  • Developmental services
  • Foster care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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