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Child Well-Being Program

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Traditional services for youth in foster care or juvenile justice is called “child welfare,” which focuses on providing children and youth with a home that is safe and permanent. A shift in the child welfare system has added well-being to safety and permanency in order to address the child’s wellness as a whole.

The Child Well-Being Program at SCDD envisions a society where each unique young person can use his or her strengths to be safe and successful, while receiving assistance with areas of need. The Child Well-Being Program provides services and technical assistance to foster care families, educational programs, agencies, and state organizations serving youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in foster care or other out-of-home placements.

The program offers:

  • Person-centered planning for youth with IDD in foster care
  • Disability awareness, training, and intervention at the organizational level
  • System navigation through core state agencies serving children in foster care including OCFS, OPWDD, and OMH
  • Partnering with university, community, and government groups to improve intervention and prevention practices for youth in child welfare with IDD and autism

Training and Technical Assistance

Our program offers a variety of training and technical assistance activities. Visit the Training and Technical Assistance page to learn more.

Child Well-Being Group

The program also has a group made up of foster parents and service providers who meet to share best practices and local resources.



General Information

One Page Profiles

These can be a useful snapshot of the person’s strengths and preferences that is included in the person’s information. It is recommended that this information be the first thing new people see when they read the person’s file, thus putting strengths first.


These can be helpful in discovering the person’s preferences, connections and strengths. All of the following resources are free and available on the Internet.