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Medical Foster Care

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The Medical Foster Care (MFC) Program provides home-based care that allows a foster child with a chronic medical condition to receive care within a family setting .

The program offers many services to the children, their birth families and to the medical foster parents.

  • These services include:

24-hour call-in system for medical support;

  • A team of healthcare providers includes a pediatrician, nurse, and social worker. This team coordinates care for the children with medical specialists, hospitals, equipment providers, therapists, health facilities, schools, foster care staff, and families; and
  • For those children who cannot be returned to their birth families, assistance is provided to find loving and nurturing adoptive parents. 

Once a child leaves medical foster care, MFC Program staff provide follow-up to make certain that the child continues to receive the services they need.

  • Eligibility
  • Medicaid eligible child or young adult (age 0-20);
  • Child or young adult who is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families; and
  • Child or young adult with a special health care need that can be cared for in a home setting. 

Children or young adults seeking care from MFC must provide written consent from a parent, guardian, legal custodian, or court.

Children who are served by MFC may also be referred to the Children's Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (CMAT) for recommendations.
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