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November 2000

The Shame of Foster Care Health Services

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(11):1080-1081. doi:10.1001/archpedi.154.11.1080

A MORE vulnerable group in American society does not exist than children removed from the custody of their parents and placed into foster care. Through no fault of their own, they experience double jeopardy. First, the vast majority of these children are placed in foster care as a result of being abused, neglected, and/or because of parental substance abuse. They are insulted further by a system that houses them in or at the edges of poverty, moves them from home to home and school to school, and fails to provide them treatment for chronic health conditions.1 This surely constitutes state-sponsored child neglect.

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