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PEATC, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
Assisting families of children with special needs since 1978
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What Can Foster Parents Do?

Adapted from Managed Health Care Guide for Caseworkers and Foster Parents -- Ellen Sittenfeld Battistelli- CWLA Press 1997

  • Ask questions and insist on answers.

  • Understand the services the child can receive.

  • Make sure that all available health information is provided to the health care providers.

  • Be available to the health care providers.

  • Participate in decisions about the child's health care.

  • Make certain that the child gets to all scheduled health care appointments.

  • Make certain that the child receives appropriate health care when the child is ill.

  • Make certain that the child takes prescribed medication.

  • Understand the child's health status and provide information about the child's health to the health care provider and to the caseworker.

  • Communicate to the health provider and the caseworker the child's progress or problems.

  • Provide information on the child's health status and needs when the child leaves the foster home to return home or to move to another foster care placement.

  • Help the child's biological parents plan for the child's health care upon his/her return.

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