Fostering Health Program Resources

Caring for a child with any illness or injury can be overwhelming. To help you find answers to your questions and feel confident with the care you’re providing your child, we’ve created the following list of health resources. We hope they can help make this time in your family’s life a bit easier.

Childhood Abuse Prevention

Children's Books: Emotional Trauma

A story of a raccoon that experiences something terrible he cannot forget about. This book doesn’t describe the terrible thing — only the feeling and emotions it provokes. The story encourages children to talk about their feelings and things that scare them in order to bring them peace and closure. Ages 4-8

Children's Books: Feeling/Emotions

Authors Jennifer Wilgocki, Marcia Kahn and Alissa Imre Gesis help kids confront the “maybes” hanging over their lives when they ask questions of their foster family. They also help kids to understand the responsibilities of all adults involved, and encourage them to focus on being a kid during the uncertain period.

This book helps children understand that they may have many feelings and all these feelings are OK. It talks to children about “feelings” being their friends and why it’s important to listen to their feelings. Ages 3+

Children's Books: Self-Esteem

This book teaches children important messages such as acceptance, understanding, and having confidence in themselves. With its bright colors and silly pictures, it encourages children to celebrate individuality and respect differences. Ages 3-6


Listen to pediatric residents Drs. Zoe Bouchelle, Shari Gitlin, and Josh Sperling discuss the unique healthcare needs of children in foster care with Dr. Kristine Fortin, attending physician with Safe Place and the Center for Child Protection and Health at CHOP.


The Children’s Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs a website dedicated to National Foster Care Month each May. Find resources and information to help ensure the bright future of youth in foster care.

CHOP's International Adoption Health Program provides pre- and post-adoptive counseling and health evaluation services to families adopting a newborn or older child from all pathways — international, domestic and U.S. foster care.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ parenting website offers resources and information about adoption and foster care, including information about becoming a foster parent, discipline, sexual abuse and safety.

PACTS is a network of child serving systems and organizations, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility (DBHIDS), that provides the most effective practices for traumatized youth and their families. 

Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection is the region's most comprehensive program to address the critical issues of child abuse, neglect and placement in substitute care, with the goal of providing the best care to children and families dealing with child abuse or neglect.