ABSTRACT: Case abstraction was used to collect data from court reports to examine characteristics that predict referral to mental health
services by court and child welfare social workers and whether referral to mental health services was a significant determinant
of service utilization. Home placement and multiple types of abuse were significant predictors of a referral to mental health
services by the court social worker and age and reported sexual abuse were significant in the utilization of services. Practice
and policy implications are discussed.
KeywordsChild welfare-Social workers-Foster care-Mental health
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 04/2012; 27(6):435-449.