Children In Foster Care

Purpose:

The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) provides care coordination activities on behalf of children in foster care.

Information about Services

Public Health Nurses help children in the foster care system get the health care they need and make sure children receive preventive healthcare and treatment of health problems. They help substitute care providers (foster parents and relative caregivers) in making timely referrals for medical, dental, mental health services and early intervention to specialty providers.

Health Exams

Children in foster care receive timely health examinations based on Guidelines. Depending on the child's age, a child's health exam may include medical history and physical, dental assessment, nutrition assessment, developmental/behavioral assessment, anticipatory guidance, body measurements, hearing and vision screening, specific procedures/tests and or other laboratory tests as found to be necessary.

Health and Education Passport

The Health and Education Passport (HEP) is a document within the foster child's case record that contains all of the available health, dental and education information for each child in foster care. The information in the HEP is shared with the foster parent, biological parent, and healthcare providers. Given to a child when they age out at 18.