Policies and Practices Addressing Medical and Mental Health Needs of Children in Foster Care in Texas

Abstract

Our goal is to understand the medical, mental health, and social needs of children who are in the foster care system. We also hope to identify and describe the obstacles and successes foster children have in receiving medical and mental health care in Greater Houston. We intend to accomplish these goals by performing a systematic review of published and unpublished literature and reports; conducting focus groups and semi-structured interviews of children, parents, providers, and county CPS employees and leadership; and analyzing hospital visit and health insurance claims data.

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