Our nation’s foster children are among our most vulnerable. Nearly 80 percent of the 400,000 youth in the child welfare system have diagnosable mental disorders, and 40,000 children served by private foster care agencies struggle with the most serious mental
and emotional disturbances, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), oppositional defiance disorder, and major clinical depression. Foster children struggling with mental disorders often experience multiple out-of-home placements and typically receive
care in high cost residential treatment centers. Further, these children are often given psychotropic medications instead of receiving clinical therapy.