Caring for Children in Foster Care: Navigating Support Systems
Caring for Children in Foster Care: Navigating Support Systems is organized by OptumHealth Education (OHE).
Activity opens: 05/13/2019
Activity expires: 05/13/2022
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-19-145-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
The goal of the foster care system is to promote the well-being of children and adolescents by providing for their health, safety, stability and permanency. Nearly 75 percent of children are placed in foster or kinship care because of abuse and/or neglect by parents due to substance abuse, addiction, extreme poverty, mental illness, homelessness or transience, domestic violence and criminal activity. These children present with behavioral problems well above their peers. For children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect, foster care is an opportunity for them to heal and benefit from the resources provided to them. Yet there are many barriers to providing high-quality comprehensive health care services to children and adolescents whose lives are already characterized by transience and uncertainty.
Children in foster care often have an unavailable or incomplete health and medication history. It can also be difficult determining who has the authority to consent for health care and with whom health care information should be shared. After participating in this activity, health care professionals (HCPs) will have a better understanding of how to navigate the child welfare system and advocate for coordinated care; be able to identify reasons children come into care and how their past experiences may present as physical or behavioral issues; and see how managed care organizations (MCOs) are able to facilitate better care coordination for this population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
• Identify reasons children are placed into foster care and describe how these circumstances may present as physical or behavioral problems.
• Describe the impact of trauma on children in the foster care system.
• Explain how managed care organizations (MCOs) become involved with children entering foster care and how they interact with and support providers, foster parents and case workers.
• Explain the importance of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPTSD) visits; and why coordinating with a primary care physician is critical to the success of a child in foster care.
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End of life care
- IPCE : 1
- Contact Hours : 1
- CEU : 0.1
- CME : 1
- Hours : 1
- CE Hours : 1
- CE Credits : 1
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