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The following tools and resources aim to provide health care professionals with the necessary background, health assessment forms, forms to facilitate communication and collaboration between professionals, and other materials to help care for children and teens in foster care.

Understand a child’s journey through the child welfare system
Understand laws around patient confidentiality
Know who to work with
Understand where these children are coming from and your role as a pediatrician

Clinical Forms
Assess and monitor children and teens in foster care
Complete a health summary form at the conclusion of every visit, and provide a copy to the foster parent and caseworker
Obtain consent for confidential records/information
If asked to release confidential records/information      
Communicate and coordinate referrals      
(Click here for Spanish version)
Encourage caregivers to pledge to follow the proper safe sleep practices

Office Management
Obtain payment for services provided to children and teens in foster care   

Patient Relationship
Ensure kids of trauma feel safe and valued
Promote a foster care friendly office

Other Tools/Resources
Help caregivers make successful transitions
Advocate for the health of children and teens in foster care
Read more about standards of health care for children and teens in foster care

State Medicaid Provider Directories
View state-specific information

Moving to Adulthood: A Handout for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Prepare older youth in care with tips for obtaining health records and securing health insurance.