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

09/19/1999

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