Foster Kids Face Health Risks
Research showing foster care can have a negative effect on children’s psychological health should, perhaps, come as no surprise. However, a new study shows foster care is associated with physical health problems—ranging from asthma to hearing and vision problems—as well.
According to the study, which was reported in U.S. News, foster kids are two to three times more likely than children not raised in foster care to have asthma, obesity, and hearing/vision loss, and five to seven times more likely to have behavioral or mental health issues. The study did not identify foster care as a direct cause for these health problems, or determine if being in foster care made the issues worse.
However, study authors say their findings highlight the need for better health screening and treatment for children in foster care. Pediatricians and other health care providers—as well as foster parents—should be aware of and address the added health risks faced by children in foster care.
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