Children in foster homes miss out on basic healthcare - www.6minutes.com.au: "By Gemma Collins
Children in foster homes may not be receiving basic health care such as immunisations and their carers are often oblivious to their health problems, a new study shows.
Researchers from the Child Advocacy Service in Queensland are calling for more training for foster carers after their study of out-of-home care found that the carers were “underestimating” the health needs of their children.
For the study, published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 63 children who had entered foster care in north Brisbane in the past month were assessed by paediatricians and clinical nurses.
It revealed that 70% required two or more referrals even though less than half of carers had any concerns about the children’s health."