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Research Letter
May 11, 2020

Prevalence of Special Health Care Needs Among Foster Youth in a Nationally Representative Survey

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana
  • 3Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 11, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0298

Children in foster care have the highest rates of chronic conditions of any child population.1 While the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being remains the gold standard for data on special health care needs (SCHNs) of children in foster care, the data do not permit comparisons between children in foster care and other types of care.2 We address this gap by describing current rates of SHCNs and specific mental health and developmental conditions for children across a range of caregiving circumstances.

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