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Fostering Health NC

Fostering Health NC

Ensuring medical homes for foster children

The Fostering Health NC initiative is a collaboration of efforts between Community Health Partners, Division of Social Services, North Carolina Pediatric Society, and primary care providers to ensure foster children have a medical home to be seen early and more often. This helps to monitor, support, educate, and empower children and teens in foster care as well as their foster and biological parents.   

Children in foster care are considered by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to be Children with Special Health Care Needs. Foster children need to have an enhanced health care schedule due to the high prevalence of their health care problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published standards for children and youth in foster care, which specify the parameters for high-quality care.

  •  Initial visit within 72 hours focused on acute care needs
  •  Comprehensive visit within 30 days of placement
  •  Follow-up well-visit within 60-90 days of placement
  •  Ongoing well-visits based on the child’s age
    • Visits monthly: 0-6 months
    • Visits every 3 months: 6-24 months
    • Visits every 6 months: 2-21 years

  What is CHP’s role in the Fostering Health NC initiative?

  • Ensure foster parents have received the child’s Medicaid card and understand benefits of being linked to a medical home.
  • Ensure foster child has had their initial visit with provider and foster parents know the enhanced health care schedule.
  • Provide families education on available resources and benefits of Carolina ACCESS II Medicaid.
  • Coordinate care with the medical home, foster parents, and local DSS to ensure child is receiving supportive services as needed.
  • Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) care managers are available for families to coordinate care for children ages 0-5.
  • Pediatric nurse care manager is available to help families and providers with support and education for children and teens with chronic diseases.

For more information: Click Here for NCPeds website

Contact Amy Jensen at 704-874-1922