Title Improving Medical Homes for Foster Youth
AAP Grant ID 1868
Project Year 2011
City & State Detroit, MI
Program Name CATCH Planning
Topic Foster Care
Program Description
Children in foster care face a whole host of medical challenges. In Wayne County, MI, there are a large number of foster children and a complex system for their placement into care. As a result, the many medical needs of these children fall through the cracks and are left undiagnosed or untreated.

The main goal of this project is to pull together the primary people involved in caring for foster children in Wayne Co. (Dept. of Human Services, private foster care agencies, caseworkers, foster parents, medical providers) and brainstorm about how we can improve the medical home for these children, improving the chances that their complex needs are met and helping to prevent needless morbidity.

For the many children whose care is fragmented because of changes in placement, inconsistent health insurance, or undiagnosed medical or mental health problems, potential viable solutions will be sought to improve care. In the process of having these discussions, important collaborations and relationships will be formed, opening a pathway for implementation of improved care.

1. Build relationships with key players involved in the medical care of foster children.
2. Investigate the current problems accessing comprehensive medical care for foster children in Wayne Co., MI by conducting focus groups and surveys of stakeholders (case workers, foster parents, and medical providers).
3. Discuss ideas and investigate interest in potential solutions to improving the medical home for foster children in Wayne County.
AAP District District V
Institutional Name Children's Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201-2119
Contact 1 Barbara Oettgen
Contact 2
ID 19