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Curr Probl Pediatr. 1991 Sep;21(8):345-69; discussion 370.

Foster children and the foster care system, Part II: Impact on the child.

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Waterbury.


These three programs represent efforts to solve some of the common clinical problems encountered in the care of foster children. Building on existing community resources, they create new services tailored to the specific needs of the individuals. Together, they form a continuum of services for foster and natural families; as children are identified in the Foster Care Clinic, they are referred for help to community service providers. Supporting visitation through the FRP can smooth the child's adjustment to placement and facilitate eventual return home or another permanent plan. The information from each program complements the other, and a rich and very valuable picture of the children which emerges can assist the agency and the court to make decisions based on assessments of the individual strengths and needs of the children and their families. The medical passport provides a critical link between the agency and physicians to ensure that the children receive the highest standard of health care possible.

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