The CARE Program provides a comprehensive health assessment for foster children if requested. Every child entering foster care is required to have two types of physical examinations:
- A Pre-Placement Exam (PPE) within 24 hours of placement. The purpose of the PPE is to examine the child for evidence of physical abuse, document medical findings, photo document injuries, evaluate and treat communicable diseases (like ukus and impetigo) as well as acute illnesses, identify health/dental needs and ensure that the child receive follow up care. Unfortunately, many of these exams are cursory and can miss important signs of abuse and neglect.
- A Comprehensive Health Evaluation (CHE) within 45 days of placement. The purpose of the CHE is to review medical records, identify psychosocial problems, developmental problems and help ensure that the child receives referrals for specialty services.
The Kapi’olani CARE Clinic, through funding from local foundations and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers these services with a team of medical and mental health professionals trained in child abuse and neglect. Children can receive
- Screening for psychosocial problems and referral for further services.
- Review of past medical records to identify health problems
- Referral to primary care provider for ongoing health care
- Photo documentation of injuries or scars concerning for abuse
- Evaluation for evidence of neglect
All this in a child friendly environment! Call the CARE Program for more information or an appointment:
CHILD AT-RISK EVALUATION (CARE) PROGRAM
A Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children Program
1314 South King Street Suite 415
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Telephone: (808) 592-3255
Fax: (808) 592-3266