Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of children in foster care have significant mental health issues compared to approximately 18%-22% of children in the general population. Most youth in foster care have traumatic family histories and life experiences that result in an increased risk for mental health issues. Unfortunately, there is a lack of comprehensive mental health screenings for all children who enter care. A CASA volunteer helps cope with difficult situations and has an obligation to monitor a child’s evolving mental health care needs.
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