Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University; Research Affiliate, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
The outcomes of mothers whose children are placed in out-of-home care (e.g. foster care) have largely been neglected in policy, research, and practice. This talk will cover a series of studies that examine these outcomes using data from Manitoba and Sweden, finding that mothers who lose custody of their children to child protection services experience significantly higher rates of mental illness, social instability, and premature mortality (specifically due to death by suicide) after their child is placed in care. My findings indicate a need for a more family-centered approach to child welfare with a stronger focus on preventative services and meaningful support to mothers after a child is placed in care.
Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Wieler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University and a research affiliate at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She uses large linkable administrative databases to examine disparities in health and social outcomes, focusing on maternal and child health, mental health, and the social determinants of health.