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Health and Safety of Children in Foster Care Placements

Authors: Kathryn Kulbicki*, Westat
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Applied Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Health, Foster Care, Child Welfare, Social Work, Access to Care
Session Type: Paper
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Access to health care is a critical need for children in the child welfare system. Access to health care varies over the length of time in foster care and the number of foster care placements that a child has. The distance between foster care placements and a child’s home is an important indicator to understand if children are receiving health care from a consistent provider or if a child can remain in at the same school, which fosters positive connections to adults. This presentation will explore through hierarchal modeling the impact of distance between foster care placements and the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) outcomes which include if a child after foster care has a positive connection to an adult, has experience homelessness, engages in risky behavior, has a job, or is still in school.

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