Pediatric Foster Care
Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence
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The Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence brings together foster care experts in pediatrics, behavioral health, research and child welfare. They provide primary care for children from birth to 18 years of age who live with relatives, kinship families, foster parents, or in a group home.
Additional services include child behavior and development support, care coordination, and specialty referrals to address each child's special health care needs.
The Rees-Jones Center is working to develop a new, best-practices approach to recovery care. The center is establishing a clinical care program comprised of two foster care health clinics to serve children throughout North Texas; an academic program to conduct research and train future healthcare professionals in the best methods of recovery care; and a community development program to train and raise foster care practice standards.
Before your first visit, please refer to the ‘Preparing for your visit’ page for initial steps that should be taken.
Fostering Families: Steadying support in uncertain times
Foster families usually come together because of a crisis. Typically, when placements are made, there are more questions than answers. A child in foster care may arrive with a bag of medications, accompanied by no explanation and no medical history. Most arrive frightened; many arrive in need of immediate medical intervention.
The caring professionals at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence offer medical and support services that help to answer questions, steady the family, and care for the child.
Fostering Caring: It’s what we do
The pediatric providers at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence are experienced in treating victims of abuse and neglect. The center is the only clinic in North Texas dedicated exclusively to providing primary medical care to children in foster care.
Services provided by the center include new patient comprehensive assessments within 30 days of entering foster care, as well as all primary care medical services for children in foster care, including Texas Health Steps Services, immunizations and social support.
Also included are:
- Care coordination with specialists, CPS, and other agencies
- Mental health and developmental assessments and treatment referrals
- Pre-adoption physical and developmental screenings
- Transition services for children and youth leaving foster care
How to make an appointment or referral to the Foster Care Clinic
Services are available for children in the legal protection of Child Protective Services. Appointments are arranged by caregivers of children in protective care. When calling for an appointment, please provide the following:
- Patient name and date of birth
- Name of CPS caseworker
- Date and reason for CPS custody
- Possible health concerns and immunization records
Working toward long-term recovery
The Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence is working to develop a new, best-practices approach to recovery care.
The center is establishing a clinical care program comprised of three foster care health clinics to serve children throughout North Texas; an academic program to conduct research and train future healthcare professionals in the best methods of recovery care; and a community development program to train and raise foster care practice standards.
Foster Care Services
Integrated services include:
- Primary care services including well visits and same-day sick visits
- After-hours provider phone availability
- Care coordination with Children’s Health and community specialists
- Nutrition and Child Life support
- Transition support
- Comprehensive and focused, trauma-informed psychological assessments
- Individual and family psychotherapy, e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
- Psychiatric consultation
- Developmental assessment and developmental education for infants and toddlers
- Psychosocial support, education and advocacy