Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Care for Children in Foster Care: Part II (S4:E13)

In Season 4 Episode 6, we introduced you to Pediatric Care for Children in Foster Care During COVID-19. In this follow-up episode, we will discuss important aspects of the physical exam for children in out-of-home care, considerations for adverse childhood experience (ACE) scores and their impacts on children’s health, and how providers can advocate broadly for this patient population.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss healthcare considerations for children living in foster care and other out-of-home settings

In this episode James Kaferly, MD, and Sarah Hills, PhD, join us to discuss the needs of children living in foster care and other other-of-home care.

Dr. Kaferly is a pediatrician at Denver Health’s Bernard F. Gipson Sr. Eastside Family Health Center. Dr. Hills is a clinical psychologist at the Denver Health Main Campus.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Considerations for pediatric providers who are evaluating youth in out-of-home care
  • The role of mental health professionals in supporting youth in out-of-home care
  • Overlooked and misunderstood behavioral and mental health concerns in these children
  • How pediatric providers without an integrated behavioral health team can address mental health issues in this population
  • How to measure ACES and how those evaluations can inform care
  • Evidence-based therapies and behavioral health interventions to support children in out-of-home care
  • Tips for care coordination between foster parents, providers, case workers, court-appointed special advocates (CASA) and others
  • How providers can more broadly advocate for this population outside day-to-day patient visits