Improving healthcare for children entering foster care

Christina Risley-Curtiss, Belva Stites

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Despite the fact that children in foster care are, perhaps, the most vulnerable children, healthcare for them has been lacking woefully for many years. A growing body of research has documented the need for such care as well as the failure of child welfare agencies to make major improvements in providing healthcare to foster children. Nonetheless, current efforts are being made to change this situation. This article reports on one effort to improve the provision and timeliness of health exams for children entering care. One rural and one urban county served as project treatment sites, with two additional rural and urban counties serving as control sites. The treatment sites achieved a statistically significant improvement in their rate of exam completion as compared to the control sites. The study finds that despite an existing policy for healthcare for children entering foster care, legislation mandating additional efforts, shortened time frames, and provision for judicial oversight are needed for improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-144
Number of pages22
JournalChild welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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