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Mental Health

Children's Mental Health

Providing greater access, early identification, effective and appropriate mental health services to children and youth will help reduce the need for more expensive services, such as emergency rooms and juvenile detention, and better ensure success in school and life.
Feb 08, 2017 Read More

Family Visitation in the Child Welfare System

Frequent visitation between parents and their children in out-of-home care is linked to improved outcomes. Visitation also represents an untapped and vital opportunity to address child and family needs in order to improve visit quality and potentially receive a greater return on the investments made in visits each year.
Feb 07, 2017 Read More
At-Risk Youth

The Impact of Poverty on Children and Families

Policies aimed at reducing childhood poverty can yield positive benefits for Washington in terms of improved individual and family functioning, and increased economic self-sufficiency for future generations.
Jan 25, 2017 Read More

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