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Well-being: Court performance measures for children: Draft issue brief

National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues – 2011

A resource for court professionals on measuring the well-being of children involved in the foster care and family court systems. Describes the concept of child well-being and the importance of court involvement. Discusses three main areas of child well-being to consider: educational, physical, and emotional. Presents a series of key court performance measures for the three areas. These include: school stability, children’s physical and mental health screenings, psychotropic medication reviews, placement situations (such as with siblings or relatives), parent visitation, and parent mental health screenings. Appendix includes additional information on child health assessments and preventive health care, links to federal legislation related to well-being, and a family self-sufficiency scale (includes a section on parental substance abuse, treatment, and recovery progress).