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Child Welfare. 1999 Jan-Feb;78(1):166-83.

Delivering health and mental health care services to children in family foster care after welfare and health care reform.

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Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA.


As the 20th century draws to a close, fundamental changes in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and welfare services, principally directed at poor families, are likely to result in an increased number of children entering out-of-home care. These children typically have significant physical, mental health, and developmental problems. Whether the quality of health care services they receive will improve as a result of health care reform efforts and new approaches to service delivery remains to be seen. This article addresses some of the major changes wrought by welfare and health care reform and describes the essential features of a health care system that can meet the special needs of children in care.

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