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May 2005Vol. 6, No. 4Improving the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are at increased risk for poor outcomes and need high quality programs to ensure their physical and emotional well-being. A recent issue brief from Voices for America's Children highlights these critical needs and provides information about some promising approaches in States and communities.

Strategies discussed in the brief include:

  • Enhancing well-being while in care. Included here are programs that ensure caregivers are well educated, informed, and prepared; develop cultural competency in foster care; and help children maintain connections with their families and communities of origin.
  • Helping children recuperate. Programs discussed help to ensure initial, comprehensive, and ongoing health assessments for children in foster care; provide for adequate expertise in screening and assessments; ensure access to health care services and treatment; support developmental and mental health services; ensure appropriate management of children's health care data; and provide educational services. Also included here is the description of a program that sets specific goals for improving children's health outcomes.
  • Preparing children for a permanent home. The programs discussed in this section help children transition more smoothly back to their families of origin or to new homes.

(Editor's note: The link for this article is no longer available.)