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Child Welfare. 2009;88(1):71-100.

The use of psychotropic medication for children in foster care.

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  • 1The University of Texas, College of Pharmacy, Austin, Texas 78712, USA. crismonl@mail.utexas.edu


The use of psychotropic medication for foster children is in itself not unique; however, these children are of particular interest because of the stress associated with their life situations. A thorough assessment of the child and family should occur before beginning these medications, and in general, they should only be used in the presence of a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th edition, diagnosis of a mental disorder. Parents and caregivers need to be aware of principles of use, potential side effects, and monitoring parameters.

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