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More than 70% of children in foster care have been exposed to which of the following?

A. Tuberculosis

B. Venereal disease

C. Child abuse or neglect

D. Drug use

E. Alcohol abuse

Answer: C

The majority of children entering foster care have lived in deprived and chaotic environments for a significant period of time until removal for imminent safety concerns secondary to maltreatment. More than 70% of children in foster care have a documented history of child abuse or neglect, and > 80% have been exposed to significant levels of violence, including domestic violence.

These factors should be kept in mind to deliver the most effective and trauma-informed care to patients in foster care.

While foster children may have been exposed to the other answer choices mentioned, the rates of exposure are not known at this time, and child abuse and neglect remains a significant factor and has a major psychological and health impact in the lives of foster children.


US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. The AFCARS Report. Preliminary FY 2010 estimates as of June 2011. Available at: Accessed October 22, 2014.

Foster children often have experienced significant psychological trauma, which may manifest as a variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Which of the following is an evidence-based trauma therapy that is recommended to treat these symptoms?

A. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy

B. Participation in afterschool programs

C. Inclusion in appropriate and varied peer groups

D. Play therapy

E. Frequent exposure to biological family

Answer: A

Parent-child interaction therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the attachment, self-regulation, and competency model are some recommended evidence-based trauma therapies for children in foster care. There still remains a shortage of mental health professionals with appropriate training or availability to work with foster children.

Although beneficial, the other answer choices are not evidence-based strategies that help ameliorate trauma-associated symptoms.

Children in foster care are prescribed which of the following at a rate 3 times that of other children enrolled in Medicaid?


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