Foster care affects hundreds of thousands of children and families and society as a whole. In West Virginia, there are approximately 4,000 children who are active in the foster care system at any given time. These children are placed in foster care when their parents or guardians can no longer ensure their essential well-being.
The HealthCheck Program supports the belief that we can best help children in foster care by ensuring that they have access to high-quality comprehensive healthcare services.The first step in providing care to this population is the initial HealthCheck screen (well-child visit), which is scheduled by the child's Foster Care Liaison
within 72 hours of placement. The initial screen enables the child to receive preventive and primary health services and establishes his/her periodicity schedule
(general screening guidelines for preventive pediatric care by age group). Well-child visits are key times for communication. Foster caregivers should make the most of these visits by writing down important questions and concerns to discuss. This will help start a dialogue with the child's medical practitioner.