The mission of the Fostering Healthy Children Program (FHCP) is to ensure ongoing medical, dental and mental health services are provided for children in Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) custody. This is done by maximizing quality and timeliness of health care services for the children and ensuring access to providers.
Fostering Healthy Children Program is designed to assist DCFS in meeting the health care needs of Utah's children that are placed in foster care.
Nurses and staff from the Utah Department of Health are co-located in offices with caseworkers from DCFS. They work in partnership to coordinate the foster child's health care while in custody.
Who may receive these services:
- The Fostering Healthy Children Program nursing staff work in partnership with the DCFS caseworkers to coordinate health care services (including medical, dental and mental health) for Utah foster children.
- Each child's health care, including acute medical, mental health, dental health, preventive and when appropriate, specialty care will be evaluated and tracked to ensure the child's optimum health.
- Nursing staff will identify and work with the child/family's primary care health provider whenever possible, and where one is not available, will help the child/family establish a medical home.
Psychotropic Medication Oversight Review:
Legislatively mandated in 2016. Children on psychotropic medications will be reviewed by a child Psychiatrist according to these parameters:
- Children six years old or younger who are being prescribed one or more psychotropic medication.
- Children seven years old and older who are being prescribed two or more psychotropic medications.
Health Care Requirements
Emergency Health Assessment
This exam is required immediately if the child is a victim of suspected sexual abuse, serious neglect or physical abuse.
A detailed health history about the child and family is completed when the child enters custody.
Well Child Care
A physical examination, including anticipatory guidance, school immunizations and follow-up needs is completed within 30 days and then annually. For those under the age of two the Periodicity Schedule is used.
A complete dental exam including cleaning is completed within 30 days of DCFS custody and then annually.
Ages and Stages Developmental and Social-Emotional Screening
All children ages 4 months to 5 years receive an initial developmental and social-emotional screening. This tool is repeated at a regular schedule thereafter until they turn 5 years of age.
Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
An assessment of the child's need for mental health services is completed within 30 days of custody by a mental health professional and then annually for children over 5 years of age.
Any recommended treatment or services as identified by the medical provider is followed up on.
Iimmunizations are required for all school-aged children. For more information visit the Utah Department of Health Immunization Web Site at
In addition, we encourage all children to be immunized according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. For more information visit the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html
Child Abuse 24 Hour Reporting Hotline for Utah
Division of Child and Family Services
Office of Public Guardian
Utah Foster Care Foundation
LaRene Adams, RN, BSN, Program Manager
44 North Mario Capecchi Dr.
P.O. Box 144671
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4671
Fax: (801) 237-0775
Salt Lake Region Manager
Melanie Hansen, RN
12537 S Crossing Dr
Riverton UT 84065
Western Region Manager
Rod Cromar, RN
150 E Center St. #5100
Provo UT 84606
Northern Region Manager
Lamar Kelly, RN
950 E 25th Street
Ogden Utah 84401
Eastern/Southwestern Region Manager
Patsy Buchmiller, RN
475 West Price River Drive Suite 152
Price, UT 84501
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