Health Conditions, Utilization, and Expenditures of Children in Foster Care. Health Conditions


In California, foster care children were more likely than children receiving emergency assistance to have health conditions (reflected in the CDPS), but this is a function primarily of a higher rate of physical conditions in the foster care population.(2) The rate of mental conditions was quite similar between the two groups.

Condition Emergency Assistance Foster Care
Total 100.0 % 100.0 %
No condition 75.4 68.3
Any condition 24.6 31.7
  • Physical condition only
9.9 14.1
  • Mental condition only
11.1 11.7
  • Both physical and mental conditions
3.6 5.9