Working Together: Health Services for Children in Foster Care

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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is pleased to present the manual Working Together: Health Services for Children in Foster Care. This manual was developed with assistance and advice from voluntary agencies and county departments of social services, and is based on extensive research into laws, regulations and best practices. It is designed to support foster care and health services staff in focusing attention on the critical issue of adequate, timely health services for children in foster care.

The primary audiences for this manual are foster care caseworkers, foster care supervisors (including child care supervisors in congregate settings), and persons responsible for the coordination of health services. It is not specifically designed for distribution to foster parents, child care workers, or health care practitioners, though some information may be appropriate to share with individuals from these groups. The policies, protocols, and legal footnotes are specific to New York State-s locally administered, state-supervised foster care system. Our foster care system addresses the needs of children who are placed in the care and custody of the county Social services commissioner pursuant to a voluntary request or to court action relative to child abuse or maltreatment, juvenile delinquency, or persons in need of supervision.

Check this page periodically for revisions and updates to the manual.

Here are links to the individual chapters and appendices: