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Guide Empowers Foster Youth to Make Decisions about Mental Health and Psychotropic Medications

Picture of a young teen girl with the words Making Healthy Choices on the coverThe Children’s Bureau has released a new guide for youth in foster care to help them understand their feelings and behaviors and make decisions about their mental health care, including whether psychotropic medications might help.

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care includes useful information, worksheets, and tips for empowering youth to understand their options and make healthy choices. The guide is available for free in English and Spanish from the National Resource Center for Youth Development.  Fliers for youth and professionals (English only) can also be downloaded.

Additionally, a limited number of hard copies of the English version of Making Healthy Choices have been printed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for distribution through Child Welfare Information Gateway. Single copies can be ordered from Information Gateway at no cost (scroll down to “Making Healthy Choices” and click on “Order”). If your organization would like to order more copies (up to 50), please contact Information Gateway at or 1-800-394-3366.

To find out more about ACF’s efforts to promote safe, healthy, and effective use of psychotropic medications for children and youth in foster care, click here.

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