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Title of Paper: The medical and psychosocial needs of children entering foster care

Study Location: Cook County, Illinois, USA

Type of Paper: Original Article; Medical Chart Review

Purpose: To describe the medical and psychosocial needs of children entering foster care.

Nutrition-Related Measures:

Participants: 149 children entering foster care who were seen at an outpatient clinic in the U. S. (Cook County, IL) during one month. Average age was 5 years 3 months (range: 10 days to 17 years). 41% were less than 3 years old.

Methods: Medical chart reviews

Nutrition Results:

Conclusions & Clinical Implications: Growth abnormalities were common in children entering foster care, with almost one quarter below the fifth percentile for height, 16% below the fifth percentile for weight, and 20% of those under the age of 2 below the fifth percentile for head circumference.

Limitations of the Nutritional Results: This study was completed nearly 30 years ago and may not reflect the current state of physical growth in children entering foster care today.

Reference: Hochstadt NJ, Jaudes PK, Zimo DA, Schachter J. The medical and psychosocial needs of children entering foster care. Child Abuse & Neglect. 1987; 11 (1): 53-62. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3828875


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