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Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

 Children in Foster Care

For more information phone 619-692-8489 or send us an email.

Purpose: The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) provides care coordination activities on behalf of children in foster care. Foster Care Public Health Nurses (PHN's) are located within the Child Welfare Services Offices of all six Regions of San Diego County.

Facilities where this Service is offered:


Public Health Nurses help children in the foster care system get the health care they need and make sure children receive preventive healthcare and treatment of health problems. They help substitute care providers (foster parents and relative caregivers) by making timely referrals for medical, dental, mental health services and early intervention to specialty providers.

Health Exams

Children in foster care receive timely health examinations based on Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) Guidelines. Depending on the child's age, a child's health exam may include medical history and physical, dental assessment, nutrition assessment, developmental/behavioral assessment, anticipatory guidance, body measurements, hearing and vision screening, specific procedures/tests and or other laboratory tests as found to be necessary.

Professionals Working with Foster Children

Public Health Nurses provide education to social workers, probation officers, juvenile court judges, attorneys, school nurses, physicians and others about the special health care needs of children in foster care.

Health and Education Passport

The Health and Education Passport (HEP) is a document within the foster child's case record that contains all of the available health, dental and education information for each child in foster care. The information in the HEP is shared with the foster parent, biological parent, and healthcare providers.

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For more information phone 619-692-8489 or send us an email.