Child Welfare

Given the turmoil leading to (and caused by) placement in foster care, it comes at no surprise foster care has a large impact on children.  How deep is that impact? Can it affect a child's health? 

Regardless of what facet of healthcare you work in, if you work in pediatrics, you see children and their families all day long. How many of them are involved with the child welfare system? 

Did you know May is Foster Care month? And do you know if children in the child welfare system experience medical treatment in the same ways that children in the general population do? 

Did you know that national data shows children in foster care, on average, have more medical needs than children in the general population?  And that approximately one in four children in foster care has an ongoing medical condition, and about one in ten has two or more?

Do children in the child welfare system experience medical treatment in the same ways that children in the general population do? To some degree, yes, they do. At the same time, there are notable differences in the life experiences and family circumstances of children in foster care compared to their peers outside the child welfare system.