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Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
U.S. News and World Report

The U.S. foster care system needs to do a better job of providing consistent, quality health care to children living in foster homes, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.

Children in foster care have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect, so they’ve suffered trauma — whether physical or emotional — and they often have health conditions that have been inconsistently treated or not addressed at all, according to the AAP.

Anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of kids enter foster care with at least one untreated physical condition, while up to 80 percent have a “significant mental health need,” according to the AAP.