Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care: Tips for Advocates and Judges

Vol 31 No 2

The federal government is stepping up oversight of psychotropic medication use among children in state foster care.

In light of these developments, legal advocates may question how they can best advocate and make decisions for these children. This article, adapted from a recent ABA practice and policy brief, helps attorneys and judicial officers understand the proper role of psychotropic medications for these children, explains the benefits and drawbacks of medication, and supports a multimodal approach to treating children’s mental health disorders. A list of questions every judge and attorney should ask in cases involving psychotropic medications provides a practical framework for decision making.

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