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March 2016Vol. 17, No. 1Mobile Application Permits Foster Parents Access to Health Records

Foster parents are responsible for attending to the health needs of the children in their care, but they often do not have access to important information, such as allergy and immunization records or previous illnesses or hospitalizations. Sometimes, the information caregivers have is incomplete. In Ventura County, CA, a new website and mobile application, Foster Health Link, provides access to complete health history of a child in foster care as soon as the foster parent takes custody and until the child leaves that foster home. In order to protect the personal information of the children, both the website and the mobile application use the same type of security as online banking.

Right now, Foster Health Link contains information on medical history, dental records, Medi-Cal insurance, and a child's school, grade level, and special education plan. In addition, Foster Health Link provides access to a multitude of resources, such as medical definitions, articles on various health conditions or concerns, and contact information for local service providers.

To learn more, visit the FosterVCKids website at