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Foster Care, Pediatric

Wynne S. Morgan, MD and Heather C. Forkey, MD Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

Youth in the care and custody of the state are a vulnerable population. Children and adolescents are removed from the care of parents and placed in foster care when there is substant...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

Foster care youth often present without a caregiver who knows a child's medical history, and medical and mental health records are often unavailable or difficult to access. Use of the...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Children entering foster care often arrive without medications or durable medical equipment (nebulizers, braces, etc.) needed for foster families to provide in-home care. Rev...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Children in foster care should receive preventive health services according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' schedule for children in foster care. Additiona...

REFERENCES

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Szilagyi MA, Rosen DS, Rubin D, et al; for Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care, Committee on Adolescence, Council on Early Childhood. Health care issues for children and ado...

ADDITIONAL READING

CODES

ICD10

  • Z62.21 Child in welfare custody

  • Z62.822 Parent-foster child conflict

ICD9

  • V60.81 Foster care (status)

  • V61.25 Counseling for parent (guardian)-foster child problem

  • V61.06 Family disruption due to...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Youth in foster care have specialized medical and mental health needs.

  • Youth should be seen by a primary care provider at point of entry into foster care, within 72 hours of entering ca...

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