Vol. 14, No. 2 • May 2010

Taking Care of Children's Health

North Carolina county departments of social services are responsible for making sure children in foster care are safe and well until they can return home.

On a day-to-day basis, however, foster parents and kinship caregivers are the leaders when it comes to meeting children’s health and wellness needs. This can be a huge commitment, because as a group, children in foster care have a great many health, mental health, dental, and developmental needs.

Indeed, researchers have concluded that children in foster care have more health problems than any other group in America, including children who are homeless and those living in the poorest parts of inner cities (sources cited in Grayson, 2003).

Yet no matter what their children’s needs are, relative caregivers and foster parents step up to do what must be done. They take children to counseling and medical appointments, learn how to care for them when they are sick, feed them nutritious food, and do everything they can to help them grow up healthy and strong.

Yet just like DSS agencies, they can’t do it all themselves. To meet children’s needs they need supportive partners.

If you’re caring for a child in foster care, your main source of support must be your supervising agency. Other sources of information and support include birth parents, doctors, nutritionists, and health and mental health-focused organizations.

This issue of Fostering Perspectives will connect you with information to help you care for the children in your lives.

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How to Use the Medical Home Approach to Meet Children's Needs
What's Eating You? Food in Foster Care
You Don't Have to Break the Bank to Eat Well!
Healthy Snack Tips

Doctor Calls

Strategies for Working with Medical Professionals
Special Resource: Healthy Foster Care America Website
Teaching Healthy Behaviors to Children in Foster Care
NC's Health-Related Foster Care Policies
Physical Activity: Staying Motivated
Replace Parenting Stress with Happiness!
A Message from the President of the NC Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Kids Pages: Young People Reflect on the Importance of Fathers
Real Men Are Real: How to Find Father Figures Outside of Family
Separated by Foster Care, Siblings Reunite After 58 Years
Keeping Siblings Together
Caring for My Dear Siblings
by Sandy, age 13

Books on the Nightstand (book review)

Jimmy Wayne Asks: Meet Me Halfway
SaySo Update
Meet North Carolina's New LINKS Coordinator
A Reader Asks: Can you help me with these medical terms referring to children in foster care?
NC Kids Heart Gallery Partners Wanted
Good 2010 Tax News for Adoptive Families

National Foster Care and Adoption Statistics

Help Us Find Families for These Children
Have You Heard about NC Reach?
Writing Contest

References cited in this issue

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