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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.

Background

Foster Care Journey
Understand a child’s journey through the child welfare system

Confidentiality Laws Tip Sheet
Understand laws around patient confidentiality

Tips for Working With Children and Teens in Foster Care
Know who to work with

10 Things Every Pediatrician Should Know About Children in Foster Care
Understand where these children are coming from and your role as a pediatrician


 
 
Clinical Forms

Health Information Form
Assess and monitor children and teens in foster care

Health Summary Form
Complete a health summary form at the conclusion of every visit, and provide a copy to the foster parent and caseworker

Consent to Obtain Confidential Records or Information
Obtain consent for confidential records/information

Consent to Release Confidential Records or Information
If asked to release confidential records/information      

Referral and Feedback Form
Communicate and coordinate referrals    

Back to Sleep for Babies in Foster Care: Every Time, With Every Caregiver
(Click here for Spanish version)
Encourage caregivers to pledge to follow the proper safe sleep practices


 
 
Office Management

Foster Care Coding Fact Sheet
Obtain payment for services provided to children and teens in foster care   

 

 





 
Patient Relationship

A Message From a Child Formerly In Foster Care
Ensure kids of trauma feel safe and valued

Foster Care Friendly Tip Sheet for Health Professionals
Promote a foster care friendly office

Guidance for Foster/Kinship Caregivers
Counsel foster and kinship caregivers


 
Other Tools/Resources

Helping Children in Foster Care Make Successful Transitions Into Child Care
Help caregivers make successful transitions

May is National Foster Care Month Flyer
Advocate for the health of children and teens in foster care

Fostering Health: Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care, 2nd Edition
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.

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