foster care

Look through the lens of traumaChildren in the foster care system are exposed early in life to adverse experiences by living within dysfunctional families and specific facts have not changed. What has changed is the recognition of the need for the healthcare system to change its care for these vulnerable children to prevent the adverse effects that traumatic stress imposes on their physical and emotional development and well-being.
Trauma-informed care helps children in foster careApproximately 500,000 children spend time in foster care annually, and the majority of children in foster care have complicated and unmet healthcare needs.
Filling medical gaps in foster care
Filling medical gaps in foster careThe pediatrician may be one of the only sources of advocacy, support, stability, and advice for the child in foster care. In that role, he or she must understand the needs and experiences of a foster child compared with other patients in the practice so that the unmet needs of this vulnerable population can be addressed.
Health home meets foster care’s complex needsAn integrated health home in North Texas aims to fill disparities in physical and mental health, educational attainment, and special healthcare needs for today’s children in 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.