The Forum for Children's Well-Being aims to inform a forward-looking agenda for building a stronger research and practice base around the development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies to promote all children’s cognitive, affective, and behavioral (CAB) health, including those with disabilities.
Through public workshops, commissioned papers, and other activities to inform the public, members of the Forum identify what decision makers and practitioners at multiple levels want to learn from research and how implementation science can help both in translating research to practice and having practice inform research.
The Forum is guided by three strategic priorities:
1. Identify opportunities for research in children's
2. Engage and educate policy makers and the
public, including parents, families, researchers,
3. Support the scaling up of effective interventions
Throughout all of our work we promote health equity to address disparities and improve the lives of all children, families, and communities.
Cognitive, affective, and behavioral health disorders incur high psychosocial and economic costs for the young people who experience them, for their families, and for the communities in which they live, study, and play.
The Forum was established in 2013 in response to recommendations from the 2009 NRC/IOM report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
. This report called on the nation to make the prevention of such disorders and the promotion of mental health of young people a high priority.
Specifically, the committee called for a "strategic, national effort to coordinate research, policy, and practice aimed at prevention MEB disorders and promoting health, development
" (p. 378).