Table 1.

Health Issues of Children and Adolescents at Entry to Foster Care

Health ProblemPercentage of Population
Chronic medical problems30%–45%
Complex medical/developmentala10%
Mental health48%–80%
Developmental delay60% of children <6 y old
Educational issuesa45% in special education or with individualized educational plan
Dental problemsa35%
Family dysfunction100%
  • a Unpublished data from Starlight Pediatrics, Rochester, NY. Other data from a variety of sources.