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Every step of the way, the Fostering Health Program is designed to support the efforts of primary care providers in their care of foster children. Our goal is to ensure care coordination between health and child welfare sectors as well as within the healthcare system, and arm PCPs with the information and resources needed to optimize health outcomes for children in foster care.
The Fostering Health Program supports primary care providers by doing a great deal of legwork and information-gathering that community providers may not have the time or resources to manage.
From the initial evaluation, we provide a suggested care plan including referrals for any necessary services or specialists. The “medical passport,” a concise summary of the child’s history and needs, establishes the full-scope starting point to initiate treatment in the most effective way. Gathering all relevant medical records and background also reduces the need for unnecessary or repetitive tests or treatments.
Many of our referrals come from the Department of Human Services (DHS) or Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs). We also welcome referrals from primary care providers. To make a referral, call 267-426-0982.
Assessment criteria for children who are referred to the FHP include:
If you have concerns about any child and want to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect, call your local Department of Human Services:
For general inquiries about the program or to reach members of the team, you can call the Fostering Health Program at 267-426-5005.
The following resources can support primary care physicians and other professionals caring for foster children: