This brief highlights several of the most pressing challenges in addressing the needs of families who are experiencing homelessness and presents a set of strong policy recommendations for assessment, intervention, research, and service delivery related to homeless children and their parents. Chapters increase awareness of the mental health, educational, and developmental challenges faced by these children and their parents. In addition, chapters provide practice implications of current research with a focus on the importance of careful assessment of service and housing needs; individual differences in strengths and adjustment of parents and children experiencing homelessness; and innovative treatment and service delivery approaches to address the unique needs of this population.
Featured topics include:
- Promoting positive parenting among homeless families.
- Innovative intervention, assessment, and service delivery models.
- Homeless children and early childhood care and education systems.
- Early Risers intervention & Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless Project (Project CATCH).
Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness is an essential resource for policy makers and related professionals and for graduate students and researchers in developmental, clinical, and school psychology; child, youth and family policy; public health; and social work.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1.Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness.- Chapter 2. Mental Health and Adaptation of Children Experiencing Family Homelessness.- Chapter 3. Observed Parenting in Families Exposed to Homelessness: Child and Parent Characteristics as Predictors of Response to the Early Risers Intervention.- Chapter 4. Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice.- Chapter 5. Access to Early Childhood Services for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness.- Chapter 6. Interagency Collaboration to Promote Mental Health and Development of Children Experiencing Homelessness.- Chapter 7. A Safe, Stable Place to Call Home: Policy Implications and Next Steps to Address Family Homelessness.