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? How many of those in foster care have an untreated medical condition? According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 30-80%, ranging from conditions “as simple as eczema or asthma or far more severe and complicated, such as cerebral palsy or neurological damage from shaken impact injuries.” 

 

Why do children in the child welfare system suffer from untreated medical concerns? A variety of reasons, according the the AAP, including questions around permission to treat, lack of consistency in healthcare providers and lack of medical history. 

 

 

So what can you do as a healthcare provider or as a child welfare professional to provide better care for children in the child welfare system? Understanding how children in child welfare experience medical care, medical trauma, and how practicing trauma informed care can help. Learning about the key intervention points for trauma informed care and what comprehensive medical care looks like for children in foster care. Screening children in foster care for medical trauma and providing the appropriate referrals.

 

Join the discussion on Facebook about how you provide trauma informed care to your patients in the child welfare system