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Primary Care Tools

 

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
 
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.

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