In this course, you can expect to learn:
- Causes of overuse of psychotropic medications for children and youth in foster care
- About the off-label use of psychotropic medications and the impacts on young people
- How to identify various types of psychotropic medications and their intended use
- How, as foster parent or caregiver, you can become a child’s best advocate for safe, responsible, supported, and supervised use of medication
Review "Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care" from the American Bar Association, which provides details about types of psychotropic medications and the role of caregivers and foster parents. Only read pages 1-25.
Read the ThinkProgress article "Sweeping New Legislation In California Limits Psychotropics Among Foster Children", which provides an overview of leading changes in policy and practice concerning psychotropic medications.
Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
As an advocate for children, what is the foster parent’s role in ensuring that medication is properly used for children in foster care?