Is this Normal? Navigating the Sometimes Surprising Developmental Transitions of Children and Youth

by Kelly Sullivan • Human development is phenomenal. We enter this world completely reliant on others for survival, yet eventually we become self-reliant. This is not a smooth process. Instead, development is often a bumpy road with nail-biting detours that can give caregivers gray hair. Developmental transitions for children and youth in foster care can be even more erratic due

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Caring for a Child Who Takes Psychotropic Medication

Children in foster care—especially those who have experienced trauma—often require mental health treatment. For many, that treatment involves prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Psychotropic (pronounced “sike-oh-trope-ick”) medications affect a person’s mind, emotions, moods, and behaviors. Examples include psychostimulants such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, antipsychotics such as Seroquel®, and antidepressants such as Paxil® and Zoloft®. Psychotropic Medications and Children in Child Welfare

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Agencies Should Share Health Information with Foster Parents

According to North Carolina policy, DSS must share information about a child’s medical needs, medication, any special conditions, and instructions for the child’s care with the foster parent prior to or at the time of placement. The social worker is responsible for bringing any medications, glasses, hearing aids, etc. to the foster care placement with the child. Social workers should

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Universal Precautions

All foster parents in North Carolina should have a good understanding of universal precautions and bloodborne pathogens. After all, agencies are required to provide foster parents with training in this subject before a child can be placed in their homes. What’s more, this training must be updated (retaken) once a year, or as often as required by the American Red

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