At any given time, the AAP is working on a multitude of critical child health issues. Of these issues, the AAP Board of Directors selects a few as strategic priorities that are national in scope and can make a significant, measurable contribution to the AAP mission. In 2006, foster care was added to the strategic plan as a priority. Soon thereafter, the Task Force on Foster Care was created.
Our Vision Statement
We have a dream that foster care will be a valued, healing, healthy, and empowering resource for children, teens, families, and communities, so that every child and teen in foster care will thrive in a forever family. We will achieve this by engaging communities and their leaders in supporting children, teens, and their families with an effective, multidisciplinary, integrated, and comprehensive continuum of care.
AAP Task Force on Foster Care (2006 - 2011)
The AAP Task Force on Foster Care (TFOFC) was active from 2006 to 2011 and consisted of 11 AAP members as well as 6 members from external organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Child Welfare League of America, the Foster Care Alumni of America, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Foster Parent Association, and the National Medical Association.
The TFOFC was charged with raising the awareness, knowledge, and skills of pediatricians and other relevant partners regarding the needs of children and teens in foster care. Click here to read about the accomplishments of the TFOFC. Members of the TFOFC developed the tools and resources that you will find on this Web site.
AAP Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care (2011 - Present)
The Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care (COFCAKC) was formed in 2011 when the Section on Adoption and Foster Care (founded in 2000) merged with relevant parts of the Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care, and the Task Force on Foster Care. It is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in foster care, kinship care, and those who have been adopted. Visit the COFCAKC Web site to join!
Healthy Foster Care America
Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA) is an initiative of the AAP and its partners to improve the health and well-being outcomes of children and teens in foster care. Partners have included representatives from child welfare, family practice, social work, nursing, government, the legislative and judicial fields, child psychiatry and psychology, education, advocacy organizations, alumni, and families.
HFCA partners first met in Washington, DC, in April 2005 with the goal of fostering collaboration among the various disciplines working with children and teens in foster care in an effort to develop a collaborative action plan to improve the health and well-being of these children. The coalition partners affirmed that our collaborative and combined voice on behalf of children, teens, and families is more powerful than any 1 voice alone.