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Medical Foster Care
The Medical Foster Care (MFC) Program offers 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 the following:
- Specialized Medical Support
- Enhanced Reimbursement Rates
- Assistance with Reunification and Adoption
- Support for Children After Foster Care
The MFC Program offers medical support both during the initial placement and throughout the child's stay with their foster parent(s).
- A team of healthcare providers, including a pediatrician, nurse and social worker, coordinates care for the children with medical specialists, hospitals, equipment providers, therapists, health facilities, schools, foster care staff, and families.
- A 24-hour on-call medical support line is available no matter the time of day or day of the week.
- Home and community visits for assessment and support.
- Referrals for needed resources.
Medical Foster Parents receive pre-service and in-service, training to remain eligible to provide these services. They also receive child-specific medical care training for each child that they care for.
- Who is Eligible to be a Foster Care Parent?
- Who is Eligible to Receive Medical Foster Care Services?
Medical foster parents must be adults with a high school diploma or equivalency. The following are also required:
- Completion of the foster care pre-service training and background screening;
- Completion of the medical foster parenting pre-service training;
- Completion of CPR and First Aid Training; and
- Enrollment as a provider of MFC services.
Assistance will be provided to applicants throughout the eligibility process.
- Individuals age birth to 21 years who are Medicaid-eligible.
- Individuals who are in voluntary or involuntary foster care.
- Individuals with a special health care need that can be cared for in a home setting.