Special Health Care Needs of Children Investigated for Maltreatment

Research by the Texas-based organization Upbring explores the prevalence of special health care needs (SHCN) of children involved in the United States child welfare system. Its third white paper, entitled “Special Health Needs of Children Investigated for Maltreatment”, finds that behavioral SHCNs are more predictive of out-of-home placement than physical needs.


ADHD Diagnosis Three Times More Likely for Children in Foster Care

Research presented at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children in foster care are more than three times as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than other children enrolled in Medicaid.


Atypical Antipsychotic Use Among Medicaid-Insured Children and Adolescents: Duration, Safety, and Monitoring Implications

A new report in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology reports that off-label use of antipsychotic drugs to treat children in the foster care system with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise.


Psychopathology in Young Children in Two Types of Foster Care Following Institutional Rearing

The first study to date to explore potential differences in psychiatric symptoms in children placed in different types of foster care. They assessed internalizing disorders, externalizing disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 54-month-old children living with foster families.