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Improving the Health and Well-being of Children in Foster Care

March 16, 2005

As a group, children in foster care may be the unhealthiest children in America. They are substantially more likely to have health problems than children in other groups at risk for poor health status, including children in low-income families, homeless children, and children in families receiving public assistance. Once in the foster care system, many children fail to receive needed health, mental health, and other services and often suffer additional trauma as a result of frequent moves from one foster care placement to another. Much remains to be done to ensure that the health needs of children in foster care are met.


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