foster care

What does being in foster care mean for health? (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics looked at the impact on health of being in the foster care system.
‘No child left behind’ catches upThe new 391-page Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA; S.1177), the first major rewrite of federal education law in 14 years, has lists of provisions to impact children in myriad ways, including efforts on safe and healthy schools, many different behavioral issues, early childhood education, and homeless children.
AAP care recommendations for foster care childrenChildren in foster care suffer from a wide range of physical, emotional, and developmental impairments but generally receive inadequate care before, during, and after foster care placement. Early and frequent intervention by pediatricians is key to mitigating the trauma these children suffer and to improve long-term outcomes.
Docs often overlook child sex trafficking victimsPhysicians and other healthcare providers often fail to identify children who are victims of sex trafficking because of inadequate awareness and training, according to a new study.
Providers are prescribing more antipsychotic drugs to treat ADHD in children and teens in foster careAntipsychotic drugs are increasingly being prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens in foster care, according to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.
The sex-trafficked childChildren can be victims of sex trafficking without ever leaving home, and it is almost certain that pediatricians are encountering trafficked victims every day without realizing it.
AAP policy addresses care for homeless kidsHomelessness can have a lifelong impact on children’s health. New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provide pediatricians with a plan to address the adverse health effects of housing insecurity on homeless children and their families.