Specialized Family Foster Care: Medically Fragile

Children with serious medical conditions can be placed in foster care if their families are unable to cope with their conditions. These children are in need of life-sustaining medications, treatments, equipment, access to multiple appointments and assistance with daily living activities. JCCA has special foster care homes for these children in its Medically Fragile Foster Care program. Some of the children’s disorders include: blood disorders; diabetes; orthopedic conditions requiring wheelchairs, braces, crutches and special bathing and shower chairs; advanced asthma; burns; various heart/lung conditions; organ transplants or in need of a transplant; hearing loss/deafness; vision problems leading to blindness; severe medical conditions as a result of severe physical abuse (e.g., shaken baby syndrome); HIV/AIDS as well as HIV-exposed children; autism or Autism Spectrum disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy).

The children in JCCA’s Medically Fragile Foster Care are placed with foster parents who are trained to address the child’s medical needs and provided with extensive supportive services. In addition to a social worker, each child has a nurse who makes a monthly home visit, assists foster parents with medical appointments and can respond to urgent medical needs. We also have staff specializing in the needs of medically fragile children, including a pediatrician, psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

The past likes to show up frequently for us foster kids. With the help of foster care workers, the past is becoming a reminder of what I overcame. I survived and many others have as well. JCCA foster care has helped me accomplish my goals.” —Roberto, client

Services Include

  • A Social Worker who will visit the foster home monthly
  • A Registered Nurse who will visit the foster home monthly
  • A Sociotherapist who will interact with the family weekly
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Support groups for parents and caregivers
  • Assistance with all medical issues and health care coordination
  • Trainings related to specific medical needs
  • Family support services
  • Exceptional case management
  • Referrals to various supportive services (e.g., Bridges to Health program)