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Editor's E-Note
It is challenging enough to be in foster care as a child or a caregiver, but when children with disabilities are in this situation, the challenges multiply. It is not uncommon for a child to require large treatment teams with care provided by multiple specialists over an extended period of time, as well as accommodations at home, in school, and in the community. That is the nature of treatment foster care.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, the director of treatment foster care at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland discusses the special needs of foster children with disabilities and their caregivers and how treatment foster care strives to meet those needs in the most comprehensive way. He also addresses how social workers are involved in treatment foster care and what they need to know to be important contributors to multidisciplinary treatment teams.

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E-News Exclusive
Treatment Foster Care: Addressing the Needs of Children With Disabilities
By Robert Basler, MSW, LCSW-C

According to a 2001 position paper by the American Association of Pediatrics, 80% of youths in foster care have some form of chronic medical condition and 30% have three or more conditions. In 1997, the Child Welfare League of America estimated that 30% to 40% of foster youths have physical health problems and that 20% of foster youth have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or some other developmental disability.

These results warrant questions about whether youths with developmental and medical conditions in foster care are receiving appropriate intervention and treatment.

Youths with disabilities are in foster care longer, have more placement changes while in care, and are less likely to be placed with a relative or reunited with parents.

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