Many children enter the foster care system because of neglect or abuse. They are at risk for ill health and developmental problems. These issues are prevented through early identification. In addition, foster children need a loving home with a stable family.
There are many different types of foster care. The children may live in a private home with a foster family or in a group home. Some find permanent placement through adoption. Other foster children “age out” of the system and find permanent homes through guardianship.
In order to care for children, foster parents must have the appropriate training and experience. They also need to be willing to accept assistance from the state. This can include financial and medical support.
Health education programs for foster parents cover common chronic and childhood diseases. In addition, they cover family planning and nutrition.
A health care provider must undergo specific training to receive special foster care payments. It is important to understand that these payments are subject to standards set by the child’s county. Reimbursement rates are based on visits with relatives and other important events.
Children in the foster care system are at risk for ill health and mental health conditions. Common preventative measures include healthy eating, drinking plenty of water, and vaccinations.
Health education programs for foster parents cover infection control, HIV/AIDS, universal precautions, and family planning. Each year, local agencies offer in-service training sessions to current and prospective foster parents. These meetings may also include guest speakers from community organizations.