Health Services for Children in Foster Care
Children in foster care have unique health considerations. Their psychosocial needs must be addressed along with their case planning and legal guardianship requirements. In addition, because many children enter the system neglected or abused, there are often developmental delays, missed immunizations, uncontrolled asthma and other unattended health risks that pose particular health challenges for these youngsters. Health services staff work closely with social workers who facilitate a child's case management needs. Children’s Aid manages two unique foster care programs:
- Medical Foster Boarding Homes for children with chronic medical problems.
- Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes for children with multiple medical and emotional problems.
These programs allow children, who otherwise might be institutionalized, to be cared for in the homes of foster parents. A nurse and a social worker manage the children's health and case planning needs. Medical care is provided at our Community Health Centers.
The Children’s Aid Society’s Medical Foster Care Program and its team of Physicians and Nurse Practitioner’s tend to the care of foster care children with chronic and multiple medical disabilities at our health centers in the Bronx and Midtown East.
These children need constant and comprehensive medical attention for conditions such as spina bifida, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, congenital heart disease, cancer, seizure Disorders and HIV/AIDS. Our team of doctors, nurses, health educators, case workers and social workers make sure that these extremely dedicated foster parents, who take in and love these children, have the training, support and services they need to provide the best quality care for these children.
Foster parents receive CPR and generic and specialized medical training. Both a caseworker and a registered nurse are assigned to each child. With a current census of 160 children, this program continues to provide families, often permanent adoptive families, for children who would once have been confined to institutions.